A longtime NBA referee joked that LeBron James had wished to hit him for 25 years after their collision left him with a bloody lip

  • NBA referee Scott Foster acquired a bloody lip after an on-court collision with LeBron James Saturday.
  • Foster joked with James after the incident that the NBA legend has wished to tough him up for years.
  • James’ teammate Austin Reaves quipped James ought to have acquired a technical foul for the incident.

Longtime NBA referee Scott Foster had a bit of enjoyable with LeBron James after an on-court collision between the 2 gave Foster a bloody lip on Saturday.

Footage from Sport 3 of the Western Convention finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets showed James accidentally running into Foster, who served as crew chief for the match-up, as they ran up the court docket.

Foster was given a towel as James apologized to him, explaining that he was “already in dash mode” as Foster tried to get out of the NBA legend’s path.

“You have been wanting to try this for 25 years,” the referee joked, referring to each his and James’ tenure within the league. James is at the moment enjoying in his twentieth season, whereas Foster has officiated 1,617 regular-season video games in 28 seasons, in keeping with the Nationwide Basketball Referees Affiliation. 

In a second picked up by microphones, James’ teammate Austin Reaves additionally quipped that James ought to have acquired a technical foul for the incident. Foster continued to officiate for the rest of the sport.

Following the second-quarter scuffle, the Lakers noticed a must-win sport slip from their fingers, shedding their third straight sport to the Nuggets 119–108. The Los Angeles crew now faces almost inconceivable odds — no NBA crew has ever come again from a 3-0 deficit within the playoffs, and solely 13 playoff groups have bounced again from 3-1, per NBC Sports activities.

Sport 4 of the Western Convention finals is scheduled for Monday at 8:30 p.m. Japanese.