Lakers star Anthony Davis recalled the outrageous Palace Malice by the bloody fight between LeBron James and Pistons center Isaiah Stewart. The situation ended lightly, however, Davis then took the King under protection.
“We’re here in Detroit, so yeah, I’ve had a few flashbacks,” Davis said after the Lakers’ narrow 121: 11 Pistons win, which was overshadowed by a savage brawl between LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart. Almost to the day exactly 17 years ago, a pack formation between the Pistons and the Indiana Pacers in the then Palace of Auburn Hills has turned into a mass brawl between players and fans.
“NBA security, technical staff and some players have done a good job of defusing. Nobody wants this to reach a point like 17 years ago,” Davis said, explaining why a similar scandal could be avoided. Stewart in particular was hard to bring to his senses, he tore himself away from his teammates several times to storm LeBron and the Lakers.
Having already hit him in the face during a rebound fight, Stewart suffered an injury to his right eye that had to be stitched up with five stitches. Shortly after, the two were kicked off the pitch by the referees. “I don’t know what he was trying to do,” Davis said. “But I know no one on our team would have allowed anything. We are protecting our brother.”
While LeBron and Stewart did not comment on the incidents, AD defended his teammates: “Everyone in the league knows LeBron is not a dirty player. In fact, after realizing he was, he did. [Stewart] had met, turned to him and said something like, “My mistake, I didn’t mean that. “
LeBron James had to leave the field prematurely after a bloody brawl in Detroit.
Los Angeles Lakers: coach defends LeBron James
According to Lakers coach Frank Vogel, the turmoil came from Stewart, but he showed understanding for his superstar’s expulsion. “James had an elbow in his ribs. It was a foul and he was just trying to push back the contact. He accidentally hit it, but of course that was enough for a flagrant foul 2.”
For LeBron, it was just the second expulsion of his nearly 19-year career, the first he picked up in November 2017 in the Cavs jersey against his ex-team Miami Heat. Russell Westbrook also received a technical foul which was classified by the referees as “a driver, not a peacemaker” – to the guard’s misunderstanding. “Why did I make a technical foul? You had to give it to someone and it seems easy to give it to me,” he complained after the match.
Westbrook was also able to put sporting overtones, he was a big factor in the Lakers’ comeback victory in the fourth quarter, who fought to come back from a 15-point deficit even without James. “It can change the momentum of the whole season. The boys have supported their teammates and played very courageously,” said a delighted coach Vogel.
Whether it’s the Lakers in the next away game in New York against the Knicks on Wednesday night (from 1:30 a.m. DAZN) will have to do without LeBron again due to a possible ban that has yet to be determined.