LeBron James was ejected from the LA Lakers versus Detroit Pistons game last night but how many times has the NBA legend been ejected in his career?
After a recent injury lay-off, James returned for the Lakers in their defeat against the Boston Celtics last time out.
And the power forward was right back in the action last night (Sunday, 21 November) as the Lakers travelled to Detroit.
In the third quarter, the Lakers were trailing 66-78, when James caught Pistons centre Isaiah Stewart in the face with his elbow. A fracas followed, with both ejected for their parts in the melee.
But how many times has LeBron James been ejected in his NBA career? Let’s take a look.
Not the first time LeBron James has been ejected
James has been in the NBA since 2003, when he was drafted as the first pick in the first round by the Cleveland Cavaliers. That’s more than 1,300 regular-season games at three teams and four NBA championships along the way.
His ejection against the Pistons was only the second time James has been ejected in his NBA career. The first came on 28 November 2017 against the Miami Heat.
Believing he had been fouled on a run to the basket, James let his frustration at the no-call known to the referee. Kane Fitzgerald promptly ejected James, although his Cavaliers teammates still went on to win the game.
What happens after the ejection?
James was thrown out of last night’s game for a ‘flagrant foul 2’ on Stewart. That means he has two penalty points added to his name.
Should a player accumulate five points in a regular season, they will be suspended.
Fortunately for James, he has a strong, clean record. These two points were the first on his name for the season.
As well as LeBron James, Stewart was also ejected for his part in the melee. Stewart was assessed as committing two technical fouls and ejected. Lakers guard Russell Westbrook was also called for a technical foul.
As reported by talkSPORT, Pistons coach Dwane Casey said Stewart had received eight or nine stitches to repair his head wound. He also said his player shouldn’t be disciplined by the league for the incident.
Casey said: “He was upset. He shouldn’t be facing anything. Not getting off
the court in time (is a minor offence).”