LeBron James is a great actor. So says Nate Robinson.
But the Miami Heat star isn’t being complimented by the Chicago Bulls point guard. He’s being mocked.
“You see LeBron in a lot of commercials, a lot of good acting,” Robinson told Yahoo Sports after Miami’s 104-94 victory over the Bulls on Friday night.
In other words, James flops. That’s not really a secret among NBA fans, but Robinson and the Bulls were particularly miffed about it after a certain sequence early in the second quarter that cost Chicago the services of Nazr Mohammed for the rest of the game.
After wrapping up James to stop a fast break, Mohammed got thrown to the ground by the reigning league MVP. James received a technical foul for the maneuver, but the Bulls backup center decided that wasn’t enough and gave the superstar a hard shove.
James flew back onto the court, then kept sliding backward once he got there. The referee responded by ejecting Mohammed from the game.
And the Bulls responded by taking James to task for what they thought was a bit of embellishment after the push.
“From my angle, I just saw a guy flop,” Chicago Coach Tom Thibodeau said.
Bulls power forward Taj Gibson said NBA legend Michael Jordan — a player James is sometimes compared to — would not have behaved in such a manner. “MJ would get fouled and he would just keep playing. That’s old-school basketball.”
The Heat has a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, which resumes Monday.