The NBA has issued a ruling after the Pistons-Lakers incident that generated an earthquake in the American League throughout the day on Monday: one game penalty for LeBron James and two for Isaiah Stewart. The penalty for the Lakers forward is for “recklessly hitting Stewart on the head and thus initiating an altercation on the court.” That of the Pistons center, for “making the altercation worse by repeatedly and unsportsmanlike chasing LeBron.”
Before reaching the middle of the third quarter, James struggled for a rebound and elbowed Stewart, the young Pistons center (20 years old), in the head who began to bleed profusely and later from a first lull in which LeBron was even seen addressing him, He lost control and tried to reach the Lakers star while players of the two and members of the Little Caesars Arena security intervened.
Shams Charania (The Athletic) He counted hours before knowing the NBA decision that LeBron had called Stewart, who has already had other encounters in his short career in the League, to tell him that the action had not been voluntary. Meanwhile, Dwane Casey, the Pistons coach, made it clear that he did not expect any sanction for his player because he reacted to a LeBron blow, and wanted to break a spear in favor of the pivot, whom he asked that he did not let a situation like the one that was generated could end up being something that marked his career. Stewart was No. 16 in the 2020 draft and is in his second season as a professional, the first in which he starts with stripes for a rebuilding Pistons.
LeBron, for whom the duel against the Pistons was only the second after his injury, will be lost the game that the Lakers will play at Madison Square Garden in New York. It is, being a team from the East against one from the West, the only game of the Lakers in the media Madison. Stewart will miss the next two for his team, against the Miami Heat and the Milwaukee Bucks.