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After the Bulls ended the Heat's 27-game winning streak Wednesday, James attempted to call out hard fouls by Gibson and Kirk Hinrich as not being "basketball plays."
Mohammed, who is in his 14th season in the NBA, said that this era has nothing on what used to take place in the NBA.
"There was a time when you ran through the lane a guy could just stand you up, hit you hard, and it was not a foul," Mohammed said. "The league has definitely gone to more freedom of movement to improve the scoring and help the offense out a little bit. But it was definitely more physical when I got into the league."
On the cusp of the playoffs, perhaps it's a case of James trying to get the word out to the league in anticipation of other teams trying the same hard-fouling tactics against him.
"I've been around long enough to know that when a guy is on your team and he's getting hit, it always looks harder and worse than when he's on the other team and you're doing the hitting or someone else is doing the hitting," Mohammed said. "Definitely if I was a teammate of his I would feel for his side of it, but I'm not. I'm an opponent, and as an opponent I think it was just nice hard fouls, hard basketball."
On Thursday's "Carmen & Jurko Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000, Gibson expressed his surprise over James' comments.
"I think he's too good of a player to do that," Gibson said. "You just play, two teams really going out there and play hard, going to the basket extremely hard and physical."
In the end, with the status he has in the league, James will probably be able to get his point across.
"He probably felt that he got hit hard a couple of times and took some shots, so of course that's something he would want to discuss with (the media) afterwards," Mohammed said. "LeBron is a star of our league, so if he says something it's definitely going to get some attention."
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