Harrison Faigen: LeBron James says he saw Isaiah Stewart’s comments today saying he doesn’t think LeBron hit him on accident. LeBron maintains that the hit to his face was accidental, he was just trying to push Stewart off of him.
Based on Green’s observation, however, the situation only escalated because of the Pistons players holding back Stewart. According to the Warriors forward, it looked like LeBron and Stewart were under control–with James seemingly trying to apologize at first. Nonetheless, things took a different turn when the other Detroit players got involved. “You have teammates coming running in, holding the guy back, pullin’ him away from LeBron and I think they may have made him feel like he should be upset because that’s when he went apesh*t,” Draymond Green explained on The Volume.
Melissa Rohlin: Casey on Isaiah Stewart, part 2. "That situation is in no way a reflection of who he is. Or I don't think LeBron's a dirty player. I think it's an unfortunate situation for both men. But he reacted and he was remorseful for it.
"There was a boxout on the free throw line. His elbow got kind of high, it got me -- if you look, if you watch the film -- it got me off balanced a little bit, and his elbow lifted my arm, and I basically tried to swim move, swim down on him, on his arm," James said. "And when I swung down on his arm, he got off balance and the left side of my hand grazed his face. And I knew right away. So, I knew right away I had caught some part of his head. So, I went over to apologize to him, and obviously, you guys saw what happened after that. But definitely accidental."
James, who said he has not spoken to Stewart since the incident, said his case was only made stronger in the days since the Lakers-Pistons game, pointing out how Russell Westbrook got a bloody lip from the Knicks' Quentin Grimes on Tuesday and how James himself was hit in the face by Domantas Sabonis in the Pacers game, requiring a bandage on his eyelid afterward. "I hate to see that, what escalated after that," James continued. "I didn't think it warranted [a suspension]. I thought it warranted an ejection because of what happened after that. Having me, probably, still in the game and the excitement from the fans and what could possibly happen after that, obviously. But a suspension, I didn't think it was warranted. But the league made that call, and we're here today."
LeBron James was napping in the city that never sleeps on Monday when the NBA announced that the Los Angeles Lakers star would be suspended for the first time in his 19-year career and have to miss Tuesday's game against the New York Knicks. "Rob [Pelinka] called me. I missed his call," James told ESPN of the Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager dialing in the bad news. "As soon as when I checked my phone and it was a missed call, I was like, 'I know I'm suspended.' "I mean, it's some bulls---. But whatever."
The Sunday night scuffle between LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart gained enough notoriety that even a porn star offered her criticism of Anthony Davis’ postgame comments about Stewart. Kendra Lust: "If Anthony Davis wanted that smoke .. he said he was not having it ..you would have met Beef Stew on his way coming .. tripping over your own feet in all this and falling down 🤨 my guess AD never been in a fight in his life just my thoughts." Davis had dismissed criticism of James being a dirty player after James’ fist connected with Stewart during the game. “Beef Stew” refers to Stewart’s nickname.
Bobby Marks: The suspension will cost LeBron James $284,004 and Isaiah Stewart $45,201 ($22,601 per game). In addition, the Lakers will receive a $142,002 credit toward the luxury that that projects to save them $532,508.
Reggie Miller: Isaiah Stewart catapulted himself into the Charles Oakley, Buck Williams, Dale n Antonio Davis conversation of dudes you NEVER want to mess with. However long Isaiah plays in this league, dudes will walk on eggshells around him. That’s GREAT news for Piston fans..
Mike Trudell: Frank Vogel said the NBA is doing due diligence to review the incident from last night in Detroit. He’s focused on how the Lakers “bottle up the determination we played with,” which “hasn’t been there enough” so far this season. Last night’s adversity brought them together.
Rod Beard: When #Pistons Isaiah Stewart was charging toward LeBron James, it was Cade Cunningham who tried three times to put himself between Stewart and James. I asked him what he was thinking. His response: "I'm trying to stop him from maybe getting into trouble ... I don't know."
Arash Markazi: LeBron James opens as the favorite if he and Isaiah Stewart want to settle their feud in a boxing ring, according to @BovadaOfficial .
Davis was surprised by the retaliatory measures attempted by the Pistons' second-year center, who required five stitches after the game. "I don't know what he was trying to do," Davis said. "But I know nobody on our team, 1 through 15, was having it. We're going to protect our brother. I've never, in 10 years, seen a player try to do that as long as I've been playing. ... It's uncalled for. You got a cut above your eye, accidental-like, it wasn't on purpose. And we weren't going to allow him to keep charging our brother like that. I don't know what he was trying to do, but we wasn't going to allow that."
The PA announcers in Detroit were forced to take action too, constantly reminding fans to stay in their seats while also imploring them to not throw any objects at James when he was ejected and headed up the tunnel. “Fans stay in your seats, do not come onto the floor,” he said. “Do not enter the floor. All fans stay in your seats. Do not come onto the floor and do not throw any objects. Don’t do it or you will be nabbed and sent to jail. Stay where you are.”
Rod Beard: #Pistons Dwane Casey on Isaiah Stewart incident: "He shouldn't be facing anything. Not getting off the court in time (is a small thing)...I don't see any ramifications from the league on that."
Kyle Goon: Frank Vogel says he thinks the Lakers did a good job protecting LeBron, but not escalating the situation. Says you want "peacemakers" in those circumstances.
Kyle Goon: Anthony Davis: "Everyone in the league knows LeBron is not a dirty guy." Says that the moment he realized he had clocked Stewart, LeBron was trying to apologize and say "my bad." Once Stewart was charging, AD says "I don't know what he was doing, but we wasn't going to allow that
Kyle Goon: Anthony Davis: "We're not promoting violence. I'm not promoting violence. Our security and their security did a hell of a job." Points to his security guard as he leaves the press conference room for the shoutout.
Dave McMenamin: Lakers get back to .500 at 9-9 with a come-from-behind win in Detroit, 121-116, in a game LeBron was ejected for striking Isaiah Stewart in the face. AD 30p 10r 6a 5b 4s; Westbrook 26p 10a 9r 2s; Melo 18p on 5-of-8 from 3; Dwight 13p on 5-of-6 5r.
Rod Beard: #Lakers LeBron James has been ejected from the game for a hit on #Pistons Isaiah Stewart.
Rod Beard: On the replay, it looks like LeBron James got Isaiah Stewart with an elbow or a punch. That's where the blood came from apparently.
January 16, 2022 | 12:36 pm EST Update
Tim Reynolds: Heat are waiving Marcus Garrett, and plan to bring back Kyle Guy on a 10-day. Garrett needs season-ending wrist surgery and will rehab with the Heat.
How would you describe your game? Your dominance at the end of the Hapoel game as a 4 was impressive, your controlled the game. It was like that for 40 minutes. In this respect, it is possible to watch you at much higher levels. How do you see the possibility of returning to the NBA? Bonzie Colson: It has been my target since I came here. That’s my goal and also having played in Europe will help me when I get there. Playing in the NBA is easier than playing in Europe. There is more space. The three-second rule doesn’t exist here. There are many different rules. That’s why players are constantly changing places. Scoring is easier in the NBA. Because first of all, much more space is opening up. Also here are more systems. Every country has a system. A running game is being played in Spain. There is a game based on the physical struggle in Turkey. Every country has a different style of basketball. The NBA is opening up. There is a system, but you can’t be as aggressive as here. In Europe, you can be aggressive, push, hit, do a lot of things, but in the NBA you can’t do that. That’s why some of the players who play here look good there.
Traveling to Europe after your Bucks career… At what point did you decide it’s (the NBA) not working anymore? Bonzie Colson: I wouldn’t say it wasn’t working anymore. I was young, well I’m still young, so I decided I could do a year overseas and then come back (to the NBA). Scouts are still looking overseas, I could try something new. Then COVID hit, so I knew I was kind of in-between Europe and the NBA. So far has been a great opportunity. My goal is still to get back to the NBA for sure but I think it was great to do that and I’ve been doing well.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Dwane Casey says “hopefully” Kelly Olynyk is able to return during the western road trip. He said that Olynyk could possibly return today.
James Edwards III: Casey said Isaiah Stewart’s moving screens are on the guards. “It’s definitely not Isaiah’s fault. If I’m Isaiah, I’m saying, ‘Screw you, you’re not getting a screen from me today.'” Said that the guards need to slow down and wait.
Joe Mussatto: The Thunder is recalling Vit Krejci, per a team release. This is more of an administrative move. Krejci won’t be traveling with the Thunder. He still has a ways to go in his recovery from a severe ankle sprain. No timetable for his return.
The National Basketball Association is offering virtual courtside seats on Meta’s $299 Oculus Quest 2 devices. The headsets were one of the most popular Christmas gifts in 2021, showing that people seem to be more willing than ever to give virtual reality a try. And businesses are trying to keep your eyeballs on their content by creating VR versions of their apps and games. The NBA experience is free and available on Meta’s Horizon Venues platform, which is a free software download for the Oculus headset. People appear as digital avatars, sort of like cartoon versions of their real selves, and watch an NBA game from a courtside perspective. It’s not Jack Nicholson’s Los Angeles Lakers seat at Crypto.com Arena or Spike Lee’s seat at Madison Square Garden, but it almost replicates the real thing.
As the Celtics were up 23-18 in the first quarter, one avatar approached me to ask for assistance on watching. I was confused at first, as my stream was fine, but it became clear the real person behind the avatar had a bad connection or was restricted due to local blackout rules. That prompted him to label the NBA’s metaverse experience “trash.” Moments later, I asked another avatar standing next to me what he thought of the experience. “This is dope,” responded the avatar named “TUtley.” “They need to get this for football.” The scenic views of Boston that appeared during game breaks were pretty impressive, too, and gave me a sense of being in the city where the game is played.