If James Harden had thrown a punch at LeBron James, there would have been no question he would have been suspended for a minimum of one game. So a kick wouldn’t be different? “The Basketball committee doesn’t want anyone messing with LeBron’s junk—they’re too busy with it.”
The league suspended Harden one game for the incident you see in the video below. Harden will miss Tuesday’s game once the Rockets accept the Hawks.
The play happened with 2:08 left in the 3rd quarter. LeBron was pressuring Harden, who had the ball out by the the top of arc. When Harden found his dribble, LeBron came in looking to get a jump ball. Harden fell to the floor, and while there Harden kicked up at LeBron catching him in the… King’s jewels, LOL.
David Pride of Freesportspicksdaily.com had a lot to say about insistent ” That is outrageous. He’s currently leading the MVP chase, his team NEEDS him, the Rockets are in the center of an extremely tight playoff race…and you suspend Harden? For what? For pushing LeBron away together with his foot while he was on the floor? Which was NOT a kick. And LeBron virtually tackled Harden down anyway; why no punishment for HIM? That is ridiculous. I hope Harden appeals this nonsense.”