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LeBron James only went to the free-throw line four times during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 106-101 Game 1 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. Despite that, Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy clearly wasn’t happy with the preferential treatment that the Cavs star was receiving early on in the game.
During an interview with ESPN’s Lisa Salters at the end of the first quarter, Van Gundy had the following to say about LeBron and the officiating:
“They’ve got to understand, LeBron’s LeBron. They’re not going to call offensive fouls on him. He gets to do whatever he wants. They’ve got to understand that.”
Van Gundy would backtrack a little after the game. “Look, I thought it evened out really well,” he told the media following his team’s loss. “But early on, I thought there were two pretty obvious offensive fouls down there on him. But it’s two calls in an entire game after that. Look, the refereeing had nothing to do with tonight. They did a good job. It went both ways.”
Care to see the “two pretty obvious offensive fouls” that the Pistons coach is talking about?
Here’s the first—an elbow by LeBron under the offensive rim that went uncalled:
And then there was this tussle with Reggie Jackson, which actually resulted in a foul against Reggie:
Think Van Gundy’s got a case? I’d say so.