Some players in the NBA were so dominant that the League had to change some rules just so they could improve and make the game more interesting. It happened with a three-point basket to give an opportunity to the little guy on the court so he can make a serious impact in the game. We have seen this before in college basketball also in the era of Lou Alcindor when the dunks were banned. The game evolved and Lou basically invented the Sky Hook which made him almost unbeatable. Nowadays, during the Curry and 3-point based fast-paced Mike D’Anthony run and gun basketball, the League is protecting the shooters again.
Some changes must be made in order to allow more physical play back in action. Half of the calls today would be considered regular defense back in the 90s and Jordan era. With LeBron complaining about not going to the line enough he is basically saying that everyone should have the same treatment. You can’t allow physical play on one end, and then call every foul on the shooter.
Should LeBron just accept the fact that refs can’t call every contact that is questionably a foul? Well, according to LeBron that is not going to happen. How many times have you seen this happening after almost every drive to the basket? It has become sort of a ritual for LeBron to run to the refs and complain. ESPN correspondent Stephen A. Smith said in an interview that there has been no player in the history of NBA that hasn’t complained about referees. He also stated that LeBron being a physically dominant player should expect more contact since he initiates more physicality in his game.
Earlier in his career LeBron focused more on his three-point shooting, whereas nowadays he is a drive and pass kind of player, and LeBron takes a lot of beating every game driving to the basket. Even, LeBron himself claimed that he isn’t getting enough calls on plays and that the League protects shooters which is arguably unfair to drive first players. Stephen A. Smith added that if you as a player initiate contact, you can expect repercussions on the other end. The refs might even call an offensive foul if the player is being too aggressive. But, stats don’t lie. LeBron averaged 6.0 free throw attempts per game on 11.3 drives in the regular season – his lowest average since the rookie season (5.3 free throws). Last year he had the same amount of drives on 7.3 free throws per game.
His teammate Tristan Thompson added: "I think, with him being so strong and athletic, just because he's bigger and stronger than everyone, doesn't mean it (should not be) a foul. I think he gets fouled more than anyone in this league, and he gets hit, but people kind of take advantage of the fact that he's 280 (pounds) and he's a freight train. But if a guy gets hit, you got to call the foul. But that's just my personal opinion."
During the playoff game with Pistons in 2016, his coach Tyrone Lue commented: "He's the Shaq of guards and forwards," Lue said. "He's so strong and so physical when he goes to the basket, guys are bouncing off of him. Those are still fouls, but he doesn't get that call because he's so big and so strong and so physical."