armchair cultural observation since 1995

Why LeBron’s record rings hollow

NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat

“LeBron’s record rings hollow precisely because its achievement depends upon a more closely entangled third party – in this case a trio of on-court referees – than records in almost any other sport. Might Joe DiMaggio have benefited from a generous corner or two? Sure. Did Eric Dickerson’s offensive line get away with a jersey grab or junk kick here and again? Possibly, probably. But in neither of those two sports do officials wield the kind of consistent, second-by-second influence enjoyed by their parquet peers.

Of course LeBron James committed fouls in those 254 minutes. They just weren’t called.”

-From an article at The Classical about LeBron James’ record span of 254 minutes without being whistled for a foul.

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