It's the Most Imaginative Technical Foul of the Year

Patrick Beverley brings camera to ref to show proof of a foul
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2023 6:45 AM CST
Lakers Player Offers Camera to Ref, Gets a Technical
Patrick Beverley brings out a camera to the ref and received a technical for the offer.   (YouTube)

As far as technical fouls go, give Patrick Beverley of the Lakers credit for imagination on this one. Beverley helpfully brought a camera onto the court to show a ref photographic evidence of what the Lakers insist was a foul on LeBron James, reports Sports Illustrated. The unamused ref, Eric Lewis, did not take a peek and gave Beverley a T instead. (Watch the moment and the play that prompted it here.) The non-call was huge: James was driving for a layup as time expired in a tie game when he was "clearly hacked" by Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics, per Yahoo Sports.

However, the refs didn't call a foul, which would have given James two free throws and a good chance to win the game. Instead, it went into overtime, and the Celtics won. Afterward, the NBA acknowledged that the refs should indeed have called a foul on the play, tweeted ESPN reporter Dave McMenamin. (More NBA stories.)

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