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Kyrie Irving already has LeBron James fatigue


Kyrie Irving is excited to play with LeBron James.

There is no reason to doubt this. Irving has said multiple times on the record how happy LeBron signing in Cleveland made him, and there’s also the common-sense argument. Who wouldn’t want to play with LeBron?

But LeBron also brings a  level of attention Irving, who has never made the playoffs, hadn’t experience before – and that has drawbacks.

Irving, via Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report:

“The excitement has kind of died down, because I’m getting asked this question a whole bunch,” he said with a chuckle Wednesday at another LeBron query. “Like I can’t smile anymore when I say, ‘I’m pretty happy.'”

I understand Irving’s sentiment. I bet some you, who read many LeBron posts on this very site, do too.

Thankfully for Irving, there’s a cure for LeBron fatigue – playing with LeBron.

When he gets more room in the pick-and-roll because LeBron is setting the screen, Irving will smile. When he gets less flack for his defense because LeBron is helping to apply pressure, Irving will smile. When he’s sitting in the locker room after wins, Irving will smile.

In the end, all these LeBron questions will be well worth the upside. Irving knows that, even if he’s dealing with the downside right now.

Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs

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Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:

It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.

Report: Trevor Booker suspended one game for Hibbert altercation

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On Tuesday night, Jazz big man Trevor Booker was ejected from a preseason game against the Lakers for taking a swing at Roy Hibbert during a scrap.

Now, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Booker will be suspended one game for the hit, meaning he’ll miss the Jazz’ October 28 season opener against the Pistons:

Considering he was already ejected, a one-game suspension seems about right.