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LeBron James throws ball at Jermaine O'Neal video

Posted on: April 10, 2011 5:36 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2011 5:38 pm
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Miami Heat forward LeBron James threw the basketball at Boston Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal after a flagrant foul. Posted by Ben Golliver.

On Sunday, the Miami Heat hosted the Boston Celtics in a must-win game with playoff implications. For once, they didn't completely wilt from the moment. 

With 4:19 left before the end of an intense first half, LeBron James took off with the ball in transition with his Heat leading, 39-32. As James looked to attack the basket from the left, Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal committed a pretty thuggish foul, body-checking the All-Star forward without making any sort of a basketball play. James kept his balance and, realizing that O'Neal was trying to send a message, decided to send a message of his own by throwing the basketball at O'Neal's back. 

The ball toss led to a little skirmish between the two teams, with plenty of jawing to go around. Once things settled down, O'Neal was assessed a Flagrant Foul 1 for his body-check, James was given a technical foul for his ball toss and Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Celtics forward Paul Pierce were each issued technical fouls for jawing.

Here's a look at the sequence.


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Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 8:17 pm
 

LeBron James throws ball at Jermaine O'Neal video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwvuvN_AQxk

You should watch this... it's a replay of what happened..even in slow motion. Flagrant is flagrant, O'Neal knew he would not be able to do anything there... No where near enough time to set up for anything. Pure idiocy on Jermain O'Neals behalf. As far as what Lebron did... It was wrong but, you do have to stand up and not be bullied in the league.

What successful player in the NBA hasn't done something along these lines? Stop calling the man a baby for being body blocked and throwing a ball at the man responsible. Would you not react to something of the sort? I'm sure you would. I'm sure you have stood up for yourself once or twice before.



Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 8:03 pm
 

LeBron James throws ball at Jermaine O'Neal video

Your attention span is that of a child... End result was a Flagrant Foul 1. That DOES mean it is NOT classified as a "shooting foul". Sorry to upset you.



Since: Jun 4, 2009
Posted on: April 11, 2011 8:14 pm
 

LeBron James throws ball at Jermaine O'Neal video

at least Lebron didnt throw a chair a la Nenad Krstic
but who cares Lebron is a crybaby to the refs anyway



Since: Aug 27, 2009
Posted on: April 11, 2011 5:23 pm
 

LeBron James throws ball at Jermaine O'Neal video



Boston is weak. Miami will run them out of the building come playoffs.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2011 4:48 pm
 

LeBron James throws ball at Jermaine O'Neal video

That's what you get when you give preferential treatment to "superstars".  Jermaine could have squared up and tried to take a charge, but he knew he would have been called for a block no matter what....might as well get his money's worth



Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2011 4:29 pm
 

LeBron James throws ball at Jermaine O'Neal video

Why all the hate for Lebron on this one?  J.O. made no attempt to block the shot or even go for the ball.  He threw his shoulder into Lebron after Lebron had made an attempt to go to the basket.  If O'Neal had done that to a smaller player he would have gotten a flagrant and been thrown out.  Lebron's reaction was warranted but so was the technical.

I love how Paul Pierce runs over there and pushes D-Wade out of the way and acts like he is big and bad too.  The Celtics are a bunch of b***** and their time has come to an end. 



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2011 1:52 pm
 

LeBron James throws ball at Jermaine O'Neal video

yall are gay as fuck!!! lebron haters he did what anyone whos not a pussy would do. yall are wack as hell and know nothing....go to sleep. LEBRON HATERS!!!!!!!



Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2011 1:27 pm
 

LeBron James throws ball at Jermaine O'Neal video

Ok leave your bias out of this for a minute. Not a huge fan of either side but O'Neal went bush league for a minute. Whatever, it happens. LeBron did what most would do in a heated contest between rivals and reacted. Was it a good reaction? Maybe, maybe not. But it happens all the time and its part of the game. Players jawed like you expect. I really have no problem with everything that happened after the initial foul. You can't say you've never reacted like that in a pick up game. And for once the officials actually got everything right. Nothing major here. Let's move on to the next story.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: April 11, 2011 10:31 am
 

LeBron James throws ball at Jermaine O'Neal video

ummmm, why wasn't LeBron thrown out of that game? You can't throw a ball at somebody else. Another example of why the NBA sucks so bad. Double standards between the stars and the average players happen almost every night.



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: April 10, 2011 9:05 pm
 

LeBron James throws ball at Jermaine O'Neal video

Grogan79, dont be stupid. Watch the video and see that Lebron had already taken two steps run to the basket. It was more than obvious he was going for the shot, not a pass.


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