Last season in late December, LeBron James took an anti-inflammatory shot in his back to help deal with issues. He missed a little over two weeks and eight games.
He’ll do the same thing this season if he needs to.
LeBron got the same shot during training camp and is expected to play when the season tips off Tuesday night (and the Cavs take on the Bulls), but in talking about it he said he’ll do it again if needed, reports Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
“But it’s always been in the works, and if it happens again where I need to sit down for another week for the better of the team, then [that will be] in the works as well.”
LeBron has been an iron man throughout his career — he had never missed more than seven games in a season before the last one. However, as his body ages and he feels the toll of all those miles (including hard driving playoff miles) he’s approaching the season differently.
As he should. He has his eyes on June, not December. And remember that after his return last season LeBron played much better. MVP level better.
Expect the Cavaliers and coach David Blatt to go the full Popovich this season — LeBron, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, and everyone else will get plenty of time off. Even if it means they are not the top seed in the East during the regular season. They know full well if they are healthy and rested for the playoffs, nobody in the East can touch them.