Best & Funniest Player Reactions To LeBron’s First Ejection
It only took 1,082 regular season games for LeBron James to do what Coach Gregg Popovich has already done 18 times and Matt Barnes has done 13 times since LeBron made his NBA debut 15 seasons ago: get ejected.
Tuesday’s ejection wasn’t just the King’s first NBA ejection, it was his first ejection from a basketball game. So what did he do that led to the cherry popping?
“I got fouled, I showed my frustration to the ref, and he sent me to the locker room,” Said James, who finished with 21 points, 12 boards, 6 assists and 5 steals in just 28 minutes of the Cavs easy 108-97 win against his former team. “On that particular play, I got fouled all the way up the court, from the time that I stripped all the way to the rim. I said what I had to say and I moved on, but he decided I should get two of ’em.”
He was actually ejected by 9-year veteran official Kane Fitzgerald after just one tech. Here’s his explanation to why he made history with James.
“It was a culmination of a couple different acts,” Fitzgerald said to ESPN. “Immediately after the no-call, he turned and threw an air punch directly at me, and then he aggressively charged at me, and then he used vulgarity in my ear a couple times.”
Lucky for him he wasn’t hit by that air punch!
Here’s a few more amusing reactions to the ejection, starting with his coach sounding like a drunk Draymond before a championship parade: “Yup! He should have been thrown out. Yup.”
Teammate Dwyane Wade was all smiles while talking about the incident and saying he was only ejected once (not true) in his career and it was against the Cavs: “One ejection in 15 years, though, that’s pretty good.”
Kyle Korver probably had the best response when asked about LeBron: “It’s funny because when you aren’t on LeBron’s team, you are like, ‘that guy gets every call.’ And then you come on his team and you are like ‘that guy never gets any calls.’ It’s unbelievable.”
LeBron was also in a good mood after the game, sharing a laugh with NBATV’s Dennis “3D” Scott while talking about getting kicked out of a game for the first time in his life.
LeBron wasn’t so amused when he was shown a tweet by Enes Kanter that said “King of Cleveland #HisFavoritePlayGround #StriveForGreatness ” and had Fitzgerald circled. The tweet was a reference to LeBron posting a pic that said “You’re welcome. King of New York. #myfavoriteplayground” after beating the Knicks a couple of weeks ago.
“He’s always looking for attention.” Replied a shrugging James, who later posted a pic of his shoes with the caption: “Guess we’ll call these ‘The Ejected Game’ Soldier 11 colorway.”
The referee who ejected LebBron in two weeks: pic.twitter.com/bRF5v215eO
— Jahan (@H00PINATI) November 29, 2017
LEBRON FULL HIGHLIGHTS BEFORE THE EJECTION