Beard: Optics of Stewart's rage, LeBron's reputation led NBA to suspension decision

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

Detroit — For all the attention Sunday’s altercation between the Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart and the Lakers' LeBron James received, here’s a sobering stat: there were more technical fouls assessed than punches thrown.

There was more theater around what could have happened than what actually did happen. It was more playground dust-up than an actual fight — and it was light years away from a reprise of the “Malice at the Palace” from Nov. 19, 2004, as some were quick to reference in the hours afterward.

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