Posted: 11:22 pm Friday, December 20th, 2013
By Jason Lieser
At least Kings rookie Ben McLemore can say he scored 20 points tonight.
However, few people will choose that as their takeaway from his involvement in the Heat’s 122-103 win over Sacramento at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Instead, they will remember this soon-to-be-viral clip of LeBron James dunking over him:
James hammered that dunk on McLemore with 4:48 left in the first quarter and rolled to a casual 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds in 31 minutes.
He was somewhat sympathetic toward McLemore for being on the wrong side of a highlight that will be seen by millions.
“As a defender, it’s a split-second and if you make the wrong decision, then that’s what can happen,” James said. “I’ve been fortunate enough not to be on the other end of a lot of those plays where guys get airborne and you just try to make a quick decision on, ‘Do I make a play defensively or get out of the way?’
“It sucks that it was him, too, because I like him. I’ve been talking to him since he was in high school. So it sucks.”
He later added that McLemore should have been whistled for a blocking foul on the play.
For his part, McLemore was hoping to draw a charge. After the game, he had a fairly reasonable reaction to the play.
“Just knowing LeBron, I knew they weren’t going to call that,” he said. “I was just playing my defensive principles– going in, being the low man and taking the charge. Even though they didn’t call it, I didn’t let that stop me or mess my game up. I still went out there and did some things to help the team.
“I really don’t know what happened over there. I was just doing my defensive principles on the weakside low man. I just went over there to try to take the charge. He dunked the ball. Afterwards, I thought I should have fouled him.”
[Sidenote: The dunk on McLemore was not nearly as embarrassing as this one must have been for Jason Terry last season. Check out the clip below]