Shaquille O’Neal used to complain about foul calls, and how his defenders deserved them on every play.
O’Neal was a unique player, regarded as almost impossible to officiate, due to his unique quickness at his size, as well as his strength that allowed him to shake off rough and cheap shots.
James acknowledged Tuesday that he sees a similarity.
“A lot of people say that to me,” James said. “A lot of people say that they look at me, like I’m being officiating like Shaq (was) when he played. A lot of people tell me that. Because of the power and the strength, and they see us finish with contact so many times. They feel like sometimes, it may not be a foul. A lot of people have come up and told me that, people who are part of the game and people who have never played the game of basketball in their life.”
— Reported by Ethan J. Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post (Blog)