Former NBA forward Chandler Parsons was surprised when he saw Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James turn against the officials Saturday at the end of regulation in their game against the Boston Celtics.
Parsons, a former All-Rookie First Team selection, appeared on FanDuel TV’s “Run It Back” and said there was no way he would ever act the way James acted then.
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“I could watch my French bulldog get run over by the postman right now, and I wouldn’t react like that. I swear to God,” Parsons said on the show. “It was one of the craziest reactions.”
Parsons said it was “impressive”, however, James would have a blast like that in a regular season game.
In a 105-105 game with about 4 seconds left, James went to his left and drove down the lane to the basket. James was surrounded by three Celtics defenders and rode to the basket with his left hand, and appeared to have been hit in the arm by Jayson Tatum.
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James missed the layup and there was no foul on the play. The Lakers superstar was beside himself on the no-call and fell to the ground in disbelief. Patrick Beverley at one point came up with a camera to show the referee what he had missed. He receives a technical foul.
“I don’t understand. I don’t understand what we’re doing and I watch basketball every day,” James said after the game. “I watch games every day and I don’t see this happening to anyone else. It’s just weird.”
The National Basketball Referees Association released a statement on a brutally missed call.
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“Like everyone, referees make mistakes,” the tweet read. “We made one at the end of last night’s game and it’s heartbreaking for us. This game is going to weigh heavily and cause sleepless nights as we strive to be the best referees we can be.”