LeBron James returned from a one-game suspension on Wednesday and made it clear that he did not believe he should have missed games because of the incident between the Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons on Sunday.
James and Pistons center Isaiah Stewart got caught up in the third quarter on Sunday and the Lakers superstar elbowed Stewart. The impact made Stewart furious and tried to go after James a few times. Stewart also bled from his eye.
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Both players were suspended – James got a dent from one game while Stewart got two.
Wednesday night, after James kicked two Indiana Pacers fans out of the game, he defended himself in the incident over the weekend.
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“[Lakers GM Rob Pelinka] called me. I missed his call. As soon as I checked my phone and it was a missed call, I thought, ‘I know I’m suspended.’ I mean, it’s some bull —-. But whatever,” James said via ESPN.
“There was a box-out on the free-throw line. His elbow got a little high, it got me — if you watch, if you watch the movie — it knocked me out a little bit, and his elbow lifted my arm, and I was actually trying to swim, move, swim towards him, on his arm And when I swung on his arm he lost balance and the left side of my hand grazed his face And I knew right away So, I knew right away that I caught part of his head. So I went to him to apologize to him, and you clearly saw what happened next. But absolutely by accident.”
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It was the first time James was suspended in his career.