LeBron James will not play in the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the New York Knicks on Tuesday night. After an altercation in Detroit in which he caught Pistons big man Isaiah Stewart, who started bleeding and lost his calm, James was suspended for the first time in his career for a basketball game.
James attempted to obtain Stewart’s phone number in order to apologize, but in the end, both players were suspended, with Stewart’s reaction resulting in an additional game being added to his suspension. Despite this, Stewart received some support from Shaquille O’Neal on Inside the NBA, who said Stewart’s answer was exactly what he would have done in that situation.
“How long has LeBron been in the league? 18, 17 years?” Shaq remarked. “He’s never been that type of person.” When you’re up against someone who is stronger than you, you occasionally have to throw in an additional oh. A man was hit in the face while he was putting the uh into him. Stewart finally reacted the way he was intended to. You smacked someone in the face…”
“If someone strikes you in the face, you either have to hit ’em back, or appear like you want to hit ’em back,” Shaq remarked.