Lue: ‘LeBron Doesn’t Get Calls Because He’s The Shaq of Guards And Forwards’ (Video)
Cleveland Cavaliers up 3-0 on the Detroit Pistons will look to sweep the 8th seed on Sunday night in Detroit. During practice, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue compared LeBron James to his former teammate Shaquille O’Neal on the similarities of how they are both officiated.
“He’s the Shaq of guards and forwards,” Lue said Sunday, referencing former Los Angeles Lakers teammate, Shaquille O’Neal. “He’s so strong and so physical, when he goes to the basket, guys are bouncing off of him. Those are still fouls, but he doesn’t get that call because he’s so big and so strong and so physical,” said Lue.
“We used to tease Shaq all the time about soft fouls,” Lue said of his former teammate. “He said: ‘Listen, if I pinch you, it feels the same way when you pinch me. No matter how big I am, it feels the same.’ I never thought about it like that. That’s kind of how LeBron feels.”
“I love that about him,” Lue said. “He gets hit all the time, and he just gets up, shakes it off and moves on to the next play.”