With LeBron’s nagging back problems — he sat out last January and will likely miss the rest of the preseason games this year — many people are asking me if we should be concerned about his injury.
The NBA play-offs are like a battle of attrition. It’s almost like watching the NFL. Teams plagued by injuries are falling off one by one. Kyrie Irving is struggling with a mid-foot sprain, while LeBron is battling an ankle sprain. Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls is combatting knee issues and now just in the last game, we saw him holding his arm like he had a stinger or burner.
LeBron is definitely suffering from wear and tear, but he’s a different player than he was 4 years ago; he’s a smarter player now. He’s taking away the minutes now to save them for play-off season. With clean MRIs, I don’t think there’s anything ominous to worry about in the future.
The patients and staff at Akron Children’s Hospital aren’t shy when it comes to expressing how they feel about LeBron James’ return to northeast Ohio. Welcome home!
When LeBron James suffered a deeply bruised thigh contusion in Monday night’s game against Charlotte, most people would have understood if he needed to take a timeout. But by continuing to play, he actually did the best thing he could for his injury.