By Mark Perez
The installation of a shot clock in high school basketball has been a topic of debate for years and NBA superstar LeBron James decided to chime in on the discussion.
PLEASE!!!!!!! Like t0hat’s not playing basketball man! 🤦🏾♂️. Shot Clock ASAP https://t.co/u8eRx0DAhV
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 29, 2020
The King responded to a video that surfaced of an OHSAA Division IV Sectional final between Russia and Jackson Center of a Russia High School player holding on to a basketball in the front-court.
The camera then rotated to the scoreboard that indicated the game was in the second quarter with over five minutes remaining with the score 2-6. I assure you, this is not a typo.
#OHSAA sectional round two: Russia now holding the ball from start of second quarter vs Jackson Center. Quarter just ended 6-4 at half.
This is not basketball @NFHS_Org @Jerry_Snodgrass pic.twitter.com/miK7bBDNNq
— Dan Moore (@coachdanmoore) February 28, 2020
Jackson Center defeated Russia 24-12 to move on to the District semifinal to face Troy Christian on Feb. 29.
The surfaced video has sparked some Twitter outrage by people including James.
The OHSAA has not seriously considered the installation of a shot clock and it doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.
Meanwhile, at least eight states have installed shot clocks in their state’s athletic association.
LeBron James knows what it’s like to play in the OHSAA, as he was a former basketball and football player for St. Vincent-St. Mary. He won three state championships for the Fighting Irish before making the jump to the NBA.