Lebron James is arguably the best player in the NBA and one of the most gifted athletes in the world. Considering his size and strength and ability to defend, it’s odd that he doesn’t really called for personal fouls. In fact he hasn’t been called for a foul at all in any of his last five games. Read more after the jump.
James has played 23 games now, for his 17-6 Miami Heat, and he’s still only registered 32 fouls on the year. It’s been five games, LeBron has played over 186 minutes over the course of his team’s 4-1 run, and he hasn’t been hit with a single foul throughout the entirety of that span.
The streak has actually gone on past 186 minutes. James was hit with his second foul, and offensive charge, 9 1/2 minutes into the Dec. 8 win over the Hornets. This means he played a good 25 minutes or so during that contest without an infraction, which puts the foul-less streak at over 211 minutes. Considering James’ All-Defensive First Team credentials, this is strong stuff.
That’s just flat out incredible but the question has to be brought up; how much superstar treatment does Lebron get from the officials? Everyone knows about superstar calls as refs tend to swallow their whistles when you reach a certain stature. Still this is an extremely long time to go without having a foul called so he must be doing something right.