USA Today- "I think he jumped into the cameraman," Bogut said when asked to give his perspective on the play. "Yeah, I think he came down and took two steps and then fell into the cameraman. I definitely, definitely didn't hit him that hard."
When the reporter replied by saying, "That's how you saw it?" Bogut said, "No, that's how it was. If you look at the replay, you can see the two steps being taken and then him falling into the camera. That's what we saw on the replay, and that's what my teammates saw."
'When Flopping Goes Wrong' featuring LeBron James. Seriously, if we are going to applaud this guy for being potentially the best athlete the world has ever seen can we at least acknowledge when he embellishes contact? I actually respect the shit out of Andrew Bogut for not leaving it up to interpretation. Just flat out said he jumped into the crowd. Said exactly what everyone with brain was thinking. LeBron James took two complete steps after the contact and FLUNG himself into the camera guy. Imagine what that guy was thinking? One second King James is getting fouled under the basket, the next second he is charging your thousand dollar piece of livelihood like a raging bull. You go from getting a great photo to being the person 'responsible' for, what looked like, the brutal homocide of the best basketball player in the world. Not a good day to be in the photography industry, eh? Bet that guy moves back a few rows and puts that 'zoom' function to use in game 5. Hopefully that 'headache' that LeBron will undoubtedly continue to complain about doesn't affect him the rest of the series. Two more loses and this guy will go from sitting court side to being plastered on every light post in Cleveland as public enemy number one.
Now I don't think he intentionally went head-to-head with a 'Canon', but don't tell me he didn't try to make that foul look worse than it was. If there was anything flagrant about that play it was a flagrant display of overacting. Either that or we could just believe that an average, run of the mill foul sent a 6-8, 250 pound athletic freak barreling 10 feet into the crowd. Oh well, had to happen some time, right? Players have stopped at no length to draw fouls in recent years. There had to be some downside other than a minuscule fine here and there. I think this is a pretty solid punishment for flopping. That should be the new protocol. If you exaggerate to draw a call you get beat over the head with a 30 pound camera. Don't tell me that won't bring the game more integrity.