LeBron James and J.R Smith involved in off-court altercation in Cleveland

LeBron James was ejected from the NBA Finals against the Warriors in June after a swat to an opponent’s face in a play initiated by a member of the opposing team.

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On Tuesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward was involved in an off-court incident that gave him another, with teammate J.R Smith. Cleveland trailed Oklahoma City by six points late in the fourth quarter when James flung Smith to the ground after a screen and the forward was assessed a flagrant foul 1 by referee Jason Phillips. It was ruled Smith initiated the contact by throwing his hand across James’ chest.

The flagrant foul led to an angry exchange between James and Oklahoma City forward Anthony Morrow who was sitting on the bench nearby. The confrontation led to words being exchanged between James and Morrow as the league’s private security team stepped in.

It wasn’t immediately clear what happened between James and Morrow and the two players were not ejected. A separate scuffle involving players for both teams quickly followed. James was also ejected from Game 1 of the NBA Finals. In that incident James retaliated after receiving a flagrant foul against Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs.

After the ejections came the argument between James and Morrow:

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Perhaps most notable among the ejections this week were that of the San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, whom the Spurs felt was selfish for fouling out in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The comments have led to questions about the reigning champions’ leadership.

LeBron James (@KingJames) Someone should work on a name change…for his next title run…


(Imagine what he could do with one of those Warriors ball contracts!)

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