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Lakers’ LeBron James says his suspension was not warranted

Indianapolis – It’s no surprise, but LeBron James wouldn’t have suspended LeBron James.

Yes, the 36-year-old four-time MVP said on Wednesday, he understood why he was ejected against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. But did his clenched fist strike from Isaiah Stewart – which he called “accidental” – deserve the first suspension of his career? He doesn’t think.

“I’m definitely not that type of player, so I hate to see what escalated after that,” he said. “I thought it needed a rejection because of what happened after that. … But a suspension, I didn’t think it was necessary. But the league made that call and here we are today.

After leading the Lakers to 39 points in an overtime win over Indiana on Wednesday evening, James was able to speak for the first time about his suspension at the Lakers’ annual visit to the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden. , The Garden is a special place for James, who has said that it is his favorite place to play.

James recalled his version of his scuffle with Stewart, saying that he was attempting to give her arm a “swimming trick” as he pushed her across the street. James thought Stewart had lost his balance as he was jockeying for position, putting his face in the arc of James’ blow.

As he pointed his side, James pointed to a bandage on his right forehead – the result of a scratch from Domantas Sabonis that attracted a major foul in the second half of Wednesday’s game: “Like Sabonis play tonight – an accidental hit eye.”

The Lakers have Sunday’s game against the Pistons, and Stewart will be back from his two-game suspension by then. James said he has not spoken to the 21-year-old since the incident.

James admitted he was upset by the decision, referring to it as “bull (disrespectful)” to ESPN. But with the Lakers stuck in a losing stretch and staring at a potential 1-4 road trip, they knew there wasn’t much time to think about it. The urgency only intensified when he learned that Anthony Davis would not be able to play against the Pacers.

“It was like a ‘when it rains, it rains’ moment for our ball club and not recovering,” he said. “But knowing I was excited about being in my lineup and not playing with me last night, I knew I could give my guys a boost of energy by not being in the lineup tomorrow.”

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Even though James had a great game, it was not without drama of its own. In the overtime period, officials evicted two courtside fans after James pointed them out. It was unclear what was said, but James insisted that fans had exceeded the limits of conduct.

“It’s the difference between cheering on your home loyalists, inciting opponents and doing things of that nature and not letting your opponents succeed,” he said. “And then there are moments where it goes out of line where I’ve seen gestures and words that shouldn’t be tolerated from anyone in our sport. I would never say it to a fan and a fan to say it to a player. Never say never.”

Russell Westbrook, who was in the fans’ area during the ejection, gave an even more vague description when asked about it by a reporter: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

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