LIKE Kevin Durant, LeBron James isn't too pleased with the NBA’s Last Two-Minute reports.
"I'm not a fan of the two-minute report," the four-time NBA MVP told reporters at the Cleveland Cavaliers practice facility on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time). "I think it discredits what the referees are doing for 48 minutes. If that's the case, you might as well do a 48-minute report.”
The last-two-minute report is the league's public review of officiating in the final two minutes of every NBA game.
James called the practice unfair to the officials, arguing that the NBA is focusing on the final two minutes of the game but not the rest of the game.
“There's plays that's missed, there's plays that called throughout 48 minutes that don't get talked about," he said.
A controversy ensued after the NBA announced on Tuesday that the Cavaliers benefited from two missed calls in the final two minutes in their game they won 109-108 against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas day.
The reports stated James should have been called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim after dunking over Draymond Green with 1:43 left. The same report said Richard Jefferson should have been called for a foul after Durant stepped on his foot and stumbled to the floor in the last play of the game.
“First of all, me hanging on the rim had nothing to do with the play," said James. "It was a timeout and a foul. I could be hanging on the rim all the way until the game is being played and it doesn't matter. So why would it be a technical at that point? I get it if I dunked the ball [and] play was still in session and nobody was up underneath me. Then I get that. But it was a timeout plus a foul.”
James also took exception to Jefferson’s non-call.
"And to say that it should've been a foul on RJ, there was hands on bodies the whole game. It's a physical game; that's what the fans wanted to see," he argued.
James echoed Durant’s sentiments who said Wednesday that "the refs didn't lose us that game. We lost that game. We could have been better. I think it's bulls--- that the NBA threw the refs under the bus like that."