LeBron James has been sidelined for days now with a sprained ankle, and while teams are far more cautious with stars during the preseason the fact that LeBron was questionable for opening night raised some eyebrows. Would he really miss the first game of the season, against Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics?
Friday, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue sounded optimistic his star will be on the court for the opener. Via Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
“I think he’ll be OK, though. That would be a tough one for him personally to miss. There’s a lot of hype behind the game but like I told him, we got to be smart about it. It’s just one game, but I think he’ll be OK.”
LeBron said he was frustrated with the injury.
Ankles can be tricky, the ligament becomes looser and if not allowed to fully heal it is much easier to re-injure. The Cavs are right to be cautious. LeBron on the bench slows the Cavaliers down a little bit, integrating a new player in Dwyane Wade, and trying new looks with Kevin Love at the five, but still, this is a veteran team that knows each other and how to play together. They’ll be fine.
Besides, did anyone really think LeBron was sitting out the NBA season opener? Against the guy he thinks deserted him over the summer?