Cleveland’s season may be over, but speculation about LeBron James’ elbow is far from done. Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry spoke about the elbow today, actually delivering some new information about the injury.
According to Ferry, LeBron’s elbow first started bothering him before an April 8 game against the Chicago Bulls, causing the team to sit him for that game and the four remaining games of the regular season. Ferry does not believe the elbow will require surgery. He also said that James was told that playing could not aggravate the injury.
For me, this means talk about the elbow should stop to some degree. LeBron had a great series against the Bulls, and shot the ball from outside as well as I’ve ever seen him do over an extended period of time. You don’t drain a 50-foot jumper if your elbow isn’t working. Maybe it was causing him discomfort, but he was clearly capable of dominating while in discomfort. It’s true that LeBron did struggle with his outside shot at times in the Boston series. It’s also true that every player in the NBA struggles with their outside shot at times, and LeBron’s jumper has never been his greatest strength. Ray Allen went 2-8 from the field on Thursday and 0-5 from beyond the arc; when’s his MRI?
Maybe the elbow injury was more serious than he was letting on. But throughout the Boston series, it seemed like losing was what aggravated the injury more than anything else. LeBron hasn’t been using the elbow as an excuse, and fans shouldn’t either. Until real information about the severity of the injury comes out, it’s probably best to focus on what happened on the court in the Boston series rather than inside LeBron’s elbow.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.