LeBron James, one of the star players of the Los Angeles Lakers, has responded to the comments made by Steve Kerr after Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Kerr threw shade on the Lakers, saying that they were flopping to get to the free-throw line and called for the NBA to penalize such behavior.
After the Lakers’ loss to the Warriors in Game 5, James addressed Kerr’s comments in a post-game interview. “I just know that we, our coaching staff us players we don’t work on flopping. We don’t… that’s not even a part of our game,” said James. “Our game is to attack the paint. We don’t mind physical contact. We actually like the contact and we don’t shy away from it.
“We’re just not a team that goes out there and looks for flopping opportunities. It’s just not us. It’s actually never been in any team that I’ve played on in my 20 years where we’ve been a flopping team.
“But it is what it is. They have the right to say what they want to say. But the game is always won between the four lines. We got to be better on Friday for sure.”
In Game 4, the Lakers had 20 free-throws, while the Warriors had only 12. However, in Game 5, the referees allowed a more physical game, with both teams taking just 15 free-throws each.