LeBron James Tweets His Displeasure At Ibaka's Punishment For Fouling Blake Griffin

3/5/13 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

Feb 23, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) brings the ball up court during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Heat defeated the Sixers 114-90. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY SportsThe king has spoken! Which he'll likely get fined for.

The NBA handed down their punishment to Serge Ibaka and it was a measly $25,000 fine, but upgraded it to a flagrant-2.

Ibaka pretty blatantly hit Blake Griffin in the groin during their game on Sunday, and was given a flagrant-1 at the time.

Kobe Bryant already voiced his feelings on the issue, and now LeBron James tweeted his opinion too. He said:

 

The foul LeBron is referring to is when Dwayne Wade kicked Ramon Sessions in the groin back in December.

Using that as a measuring stick, moreso than a person like Metta World Peace, for example, it seems really odd that they wouldn't have suspended Ibaka, especially since the flagrant-2 would have taken him out of the game.

Looking at the game he would have been suspended for may have had something to do with the decision. Taking into account that the NBA is a business first and foremost, Ibaka would have had to sit against the Los Angeles Lakers at home in Oklahoma City. It's a nationally televised game as well.

This shouldn't be a reason, but it's hard not to at least think that it may have played a part. But then the next question is why such a small fine? It seems to be one of the smallest fines the NBA hands out, and certainly doesn't fit a very obvious low blow.

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3/6/13   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

Wasn't even a slap on the wrist!  (or the groin) A mockery of the entire system.  A joke!  D-Wade gets hammered for 150K plus a game and this jerk gets nothing????  I say just start slamming people left and right and screw the rules.  Let them take people out of the playoffs.  Then the League can be accused of Popoviching the Playoffs by suspending people left and right!

3/5/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

I agree with James... other guys wold have been suspended...