Sunday , Nov , 07 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Terrence WIlliams wanted to send message with flagrant foul on LeBron

Then, after the game, Williams said the foul was a message – both to the Heat and his own team – for all the circus-like dunks and showboating from Miami’s superstar duo.

“At the end of the day I’m a New Jersey Nets basketball player and you have to put your foot down somehow in a basketball game. It’s nothing against LeBron, but at the end of the day I’m a basketball player. Falling in the stands is a little much. It wasn’t me trying hurt nobody. I’m trying to play basketball and make a basketball play.”

“I would say somebody doesn’t want to do something and you ask somebody to do it. But nobody wants to raise their hand. So I guess I raised my hand first. But whatever, I got a flagrant for it, which was a little too much.”

 

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Terrence Williams was tired of it.
 
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had taken over against his New Jersey Nets, celebrating open-court dunks with chest bumps and high-fives.

Enough was enough. With James racing down court for another highlight reel jam, Williams decided to shoulder the 6-8, 270 pound superstar into the stands.

 
Williams received a flagrant foul. James responded with seven consecutive points. The real excitement came after the game: Williams admitted his foul was a message to The King and his teammates.

Williams was annoyed with the Heat’s antics and was trying to appeal to the Nets’ pride. While his shoulder wasn’t an overt challenge like the Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah, the swing still deserves credit.

 
The Nets and Heat will see each other again –several times, in fact. Williams, for one, isn’t conceding a thing.

–Oly Sandor.

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