Late in the second quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Andrew Bogut fouled LeBron James on a drive to the basket, and James then came down awkwardly and stumbled into the row of photographers.
He ended up banging his head into a courtside camera, and sustained a couple of cuts that left him bleeding and required medical attention.
From Bogut’s point of view, James inflicted the wounds himself.
“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.”
James could have tried to exaggerate the contact in order to convince the officials that a flagrant foul should be called. But it seemed as though James was simply off balance when he landed, and stumbled a few steps to fall in the least dangerous way possible.
Bogut, who played less than three minutes after Steve Kerr took him out of the starting lineup in favor of Andre Iguodala, obviously sees things differently.