One of the old-timey strategies for negating the impact of a dominant player is to beat him up. The Pistons called it “The Jordan Rules,” and you still see it in today’s games, when Dwight Howard gets horse-collared in the post. It makes sense — if you keep hitting a guy over and over, odds are he’s going to stop wanting to be hit all the time, and eventually he’ll just start settling for perimeter plays, thereby proving the strategy effective.

However, some players are way too muscular for these dastardly tactics. All the fouls in the world won’t harm the NBA’s strongest players. Like LeBron James, who isn’t fazed by Mo Evans’ rough play. From the AP:

“I don’t know if Mo Evans intentionally wants to be dirty. I watch a lot of basketball. I see a lot of basketball every day, and anytime when someone gets grabbed around the neck, it’s an automatic flagrant-1. If I’m wrong, tell me I’m wrong,” James said. “Sometimes it’s unfair, because of how strong I am, you know. I can take the punishment of course, but at the same time, I think it’s unfair sometimes.”

Let’s just all admit that this part of the quote — “Sometimes it’s unfair, because of how strong I am” — is the best part. It’s pretty much the nicest way LeBron could say, “I am so physically dominant that it’s almost cheating,” without actually saying it. Plus, the fact that he adds in that he can take the punishment, just to remind Mo Evans that he’s Mo Evans, makes it even better. As far as LeBron James humblebrags go, this is my new favorite.

Not to mention, he’s totally right. The man’s the most athletic 275-pounder the NBA’s ever seen (don’t believe his listed weight of 250 lb. since that’s a lie) and getting hit hard in the shoulders is nothing when your shoulders are made of granite. Especially from a welterweight like Mo Evans. Come on. This is a guy who could be an All-Pro NFL tight end, you think a 220 lb. guard is going to be a problem? Not so much.

In fact, I’m guessing that when you foul LeBron James, you’re the one who feels it. Why do you think no one ever takes a charge on him? And no, “because the refs wouldn’t call it anyway” isn’t a valid answer, even if it’s true.

Comments (14)

  1. Did you see the Cleveland game? No one was hesitating to bump him around and he didn’t like it.

  2. Let’s not forget all of the rib pads, thigh pads and other assorted armor that LeBron, D-Wade, Dwight and others wear these days. Aside from the helmet and gloves, NHL players don’t have a whole lot more pads than this era of NBA players do.

  3. Nate, that is a complete lie and makes you sound like you know quite less than you portend to.

    Not quite the same, eh?

  4. I don’t think he’s 275, 260/265 seems more realistic. But that doesn’t really matter, because he’s an athletic freak anyways, even at 18 he was bigger than a lot of NBA veterans.

    Still, big guys (Younger Shaq, Dwight, LeBron) seemingly complain even more than small guys about the punishment they receive. I mean, I don’t hear Derrick Rose or Iverson (back in the 76ers days) complain off court about the physicall toll the game takes on them. And if you saw Iverson back in the early ’00s, the man was taking abuse on every drive, he was like 165 pounds.

  5. I will never get over that Paul Pierce blocking foul where LeBron probably broke all of Pierce’s ribs that was 100% a charge.

  6. LeBron and Dwight Howard take the most abuse of any player I’ve seen and get screwed out of a lot of calls- but it was the same with Shaq, when a smaller player is guarding a bigger player, the smaller player can get away with more fouls..

    Will be interesting to see if this changes over time or what

  7. I noticed you plagiarized a couple lines from


  8. Actually not. Please re-read Kevin’s first line or check the times, dawg.

  9. Kerby layin in down!
    I totally get what Lebron is saying tho. The call should be made on whether the foul was to prevent a shot from going in (personal) or to prevent him from being able to jump (flagrant). Taking players sizes and strengths or how the player falls as criteria for a call is way too subjective to be viable.
    Mo was just beat on this play and had no chance of making a play on the shot. Let him go or it should be flagrant.
    Same goes for Howard constantly being wrapped up under the basket. Make a play for the ball or get out of the way.

  10. “I am so physically dominant that it’s almost cheating,” is – in all fairness – actually true.
    This guy must be the most supreme athlete ever in the NBA, concerning the combination of strength, speed, athleticism and just physical maturity.

  11. @ Barachat: There’s a simple reason for that. When Iverson gets knocked down, he gets a foul call. A less obvious foul of the same nature because of LeBron’s or Dwight’s strength and innate ability to stay up doesn’t get them the call. Same punishment, less foul calls. I’d be upset too. Their eye-popping strength is a double-edged sword sometimes.

    … And Derrick Rose just never complains in public. More the exception than the rule.

  12. lmao @ Steven.

    Notice it’s a quote dude? and he links to this article in the first line?

    Dumb ass.

  13. That’s right! TBJ’s Trey Kerby is being linked to. NOT plagerism, Mr. Steven Dawg.

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