“The incident occurred with 1:17 remaining in the final quarter of the Lakers’ 124-116 overtime win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday at Ginbridge Fieldhouse,” the NBA statement said.
James made the gesture enthusiastically after making a deep three-point shot while mimicking a celebration popularized by former NBA star Sam Cassel when he was playing for the Milwaukee Bucks.
The NBA has fined players between $15,000 and $25,000 for performing the routine.
Last weekend, James was fired after he called Detroit Pistons player Isaiah Stewart in the face. That melee provoked a confrontational reaction from Stewart and a scuffle on the field.
Stewart was later given a two-game ban by the NBA for “escalating” the situation and pursuing James “frequently and aggressively”, who himself received a one-game ban for the first time in his 19-year NBA career “recklessly” hitting “the Pistons center in the face.
After Wednesday’s win over the Pacers, James said his one-game suspension was “some bulls**t.” *t. “