The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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March 29, 2013

NBA should stop thuggish defense used to stop LeBron

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Friday, March 29, 2013 — Hinrich, Gibson and Carlos Boozer!

If the LeBron Law becomes the rule of law in the NBA, Commissioner David Stern will rue the day he let this go unchecked.

He’ll be the NBA’s Nero if LeBron blows out a knee on a nasty foul on a breakaway. What if he snaps and breaks his hand firing a punch after landing with a sickening thud for the third, fourth or fifth time in a game?

True fans don’t want to win because LeBron James was injured by an overzealous defender. Or a Tom Brady or Peyton Manning was KO’d by a late hit to the knee. Or Albert Pujols was beaned. The big losers will be the fans ... even those legions who hate James and the Heat. LeBron Jameses don’t come along too often. You may not see another one in your lifetime.

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Michael Muldoon is a columnist for The Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Mass.

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