LeBron James Shouldn't Complain About Hard Fouls

Josh BenjaminCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2013

Jan 4, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) looks on during a game against the Chicago Bulls at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Instead of taking the end of his Miami Heat's 27-game winning streak in stride, LeBron James has instead resorted to complaining about the hard fouls committed by the Chicago Bulls in the game.

Speaking to ESPN's Michael Wallace after the game, James made it clear that he did not approve of how Chicago played defense that night.

Let me calculate my thoughts real fast before I say (what I want to say). I believe and I know that a lot of my fouls are not basketball plays. First of all, Kirk Hinrich in the first quarter basically grabbed me with two hands and brought me to the ground. The last one, Taj Gibson was able to collar me around my shoulder and bring me to the ground. Those are not defensive ... those are not basketball plays.

Really, LeBron? Then what are they?

Could they be cricket plays? Or what about rugby plays?

All joking aside, it's astonishing how James has the gall to complain about hard fouls when he himself was called for a flagrant foul late in the fourth quarter. With 3:51 remaining and the Heat down 90-82, James basically stiff-armed Chicago forward Carlos Boozer, who made one of two ensuing free throws.

Instead of keeping his head in the game and employing some lockdown defense to help build a rally, James let his emotions get in the way of the task at hand.

With that being said, James has no right to complain about being fouled hard for more reasons than just his flagrant on Boozer. At 6'8", 250 pounds, he's a big man and has almost certainly committed some hard fouls throughout his career.

But that's not even coming close to the point here. The point is, basketball is a physical game. Playing a tough defensive squad like Chicago, some people are going to be a bit more aggressive than usual.

Hard fouls are going to happen. It's just a fact. Some may not like it, but there is no way around it.

That being said, James should just admit that the winning streak is over and commend the Bulls for their strong effort rather than complain about how they pulled it off. Hard fouls happen in basketball, and James being a top player in the league does not make him immune to them.

Instead of labeling the Bulls' fouls last night as too hard, he should just focus on the upcoming playoffs and hope he and Miami can avenge the loss there instead of dwelling on it now.