LeBron James has been expelled for the second time in his long NBA career. The superstar of the Los Angeles Lakers hit his opponent Isaiah Stewart in the face in the game at the Detroit Pistons (121: 116) in the scramble for a good rebound position.
Angry Stewart, who was bleeding above his right eye, then tried to confront James. This led to a crush between players from both teams, coaches and security guards.
Anthony Davis and Dwane Casey commend LeBron James
Stewart (20) was initially charged with a foul in the rebound situation, but according to the video images, the referees then sent 36-year-old James into the cabin. As a trigger for the subsequent pack formation, Stewart had to follow him a little later.
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“Everyone in the league knows that they are not a dirty player,” said Lakers top scorer Anthony Davis (30 points) of James. Pistons head coach Dwane Casey made a similar statement. By the time he was suspended in the third quarter, James got ten points and five rebounds. After 18 games with a balanced record, the Lakers are eighth in the Western Conference.
Dallas Mavericks lose to LA Clippers
The only other time James was previously sent off in the North American professional league was in a game against his ex-club Miami Heat in November 2017.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks lost on the return of national basketball player Maxi Kleber. At the LA Clippers, the Mavs, who have to do without their superstar Luka Doncic, lost 91:97. For Dallas it was the third loss in a row.
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On his comeback, Kleber had five points and four rebounds in just under 20 minutes of play. The 29-year-old had been absent since the beginning of November due to a back injury. Isiah Hartenstein recorded two points and two rebounds at the Clippers. (aw / sid)