Foul ball? Miller agrees with LeBron's ref assessment

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Former NBA sharpshooter Mike Miller loves the long ball. According to LeBron James, chicks do, too.

What referees don't seem to like, according to James, is calling fouls when he gets hammered on shots near the basket.

"I've actually always felt this," Miller said during an appearance on ESPN's The Jump. "Even when he was shooting seven or eight free throws in a game, I don't think he was shooting enough."

Miller recently retired as a member of the Denver Nuggets. Before that, he was James' teammate and friend during runs with both the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers.

As you likely know by know, James shot just four free throws in the Cavs' home loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. This despite repeatedly taking the ball to the basket and getting hit. On one occasion, he drove the lane, put up the shot and got whacked in the face.

No call.

Overall, James is averaging just six free throws a game this season, his lowest output since his rookie year of 2003-04.

Not surprisingly, James had something to say about it after the game.

“There’s no reason I should be going to the line four times in a game when I drive 100 times to the paint and I’m getting hit and slapped and grabbed and whatever and what not,” James said. “We protect the shooter. That’s what it’s turned into. Chicks dig the long ball and that’s what it’s about.”

Miller did concede that calling a game with James is no easy task.

"It's hard to ref him," Miller said. "He's always wanting to create contact, he's always going to the hoop. He's physical, he's big. Usually people are mad when he gets calls. He doesn't get enough calls in my eyes."

Miller was on the set with host Rachel Nichols and NBA insider Brian Windhorst -- who found it interesting that James brought up the topic when he did.

"There has been some changes in the officiating, with the way game is being played, " Windhorst said. "The officials are having to go farther away from the basket. ... But LeBron's statistics indicate he has never been as aggressive in scoring in the paint as he is this year.

"For him to average his lowest free throws in 14 years, when he's never been so aggressive ... I think we're going to continue to hear about this."

The Cavaliers (35-24) host the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.