"I'm not surprised to hear anything from Boston," James said of Ainge's remarks. "I stated what I felt and left it at that. I haven't even went on about it at all. I know everything that I say is going to be either blown out of proportion or taken the wrong way. But I had to say what I had to say and I move on."
Asked whether officials needed to be more vigilant about deterring hard fouls, James didn't express an interest.
"It's not my concern," James said. "I'm just voicing my opinion on what I've seen."
James pointed to Shaquille O'Neal as a precedent for the physical strategies devised to neutralize his effectiveness and the potential consequences when players retaliate in kind.
"As a kid, I used to watch a lot of the Laker games," James said. "And I used to see Shaq get hammered."
No one deserves the final seed in the West. All three contenders are worthless and will probably be swept by the Spurs. Honestly the Mavs have the best chance to put up a fight but with all the injuries to the Lakers and my Jazz just being meh but I dunno if they'll get there. I hate seeing my team going to the playoffs when its a sure thing they'll probably be out after 4 games.
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