To me it appears that LeBron lowers his shoulders and tries to run directly through Kirk Hinrich. From the side angle this looks like the perfect video for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to use to demonstrate how running backs should initiate contact with a defender without using their helmets. LeBron, however, is of the opinion that this was a violent and dirty play by Hinrich which put "his highness" in danger. After the game James had this to say about the incident in question:
"Um, let me calculate my thoughts real fast before I say. I believe, and I know that a lot of my fouls are not basketball plays. First of all, Kirk Hinrich in the first quarter basically grabbed me with two hands and brought me to the ground."LeBron felt that Hinrich should have been called for a flagrant foul for tackling him. He also used the term "basketball play" again later in the quote in regards to another foul on him by Taj Gibson. The irony of this is hysterical; so in his head barreling over a player on the way to the hoop is a "basketball play?" I don't know how anybody could watch this clip and come to the conclusion that Hinrich "brought James to the ground."
Kirk Hinrich is my size. If a 6'8" 250 pound freight train came crashing into me I'm fairly certain I'd try to grab on to anything I could. Let me ask you this LeBron, what should Hinrich have done? Would it have been the proper "basketball play" if he let you just toss him to the side like a rag doll? Or should he have stepped out of your way completely, and allowed "the king" to have an uncontested dunk?
LeBron has a history of acting like he is a frail little child, despite being on of the biggest and strongest guys out there. Check out his overreaction to this foul back in 2010, before he and Dwyane Wade became best buds. His flop (clearly acting) comes long after he's already hit the floor.
Thanks to @TMurph207 for the Goodell line.