LeBron James blamed the NBA’s rash of injuries to star players this year on the condensed season, saying in a series of tweets Wednesday, “I knew exactly what would happen.”
“They all didn’t wanna listen to me about the start of the season,” James wrote. “… I only wanted to protect the well being of the players which ultimately is the PRODUCT & BENEFIT of OUR GAME! These injuries isn’t just “PART OF THE GAME”. It’s the lack of PURE RIM REST rest before starting back up.
“This is the best time of the year for our league and fans but missing a ton of our fav players,” James added. “… If there’s one person that know about the body and how it works all year round it’s ME! I speak for the health of all our players and I hate to see this many injuries this time of the year. Sorry fans wish you guys were seeing all your fav guys right now.”
It was just today when we found out the Los Angeles Clippers fear star forward Kawhi Leonard suffered an ACL injury and is already out for Game 5 against the Utah Jazz.
The Clippers announced Wednesday that Leonard suffered a right knee sprain in their Game 4 victory and there is “no timetable for his return.”
Kawhi appeared to tweak the knee on a drive late in L.A.’s Game 4 victory in the Western Conference semifinals. He stayed in briefly but didn’t finish the game.
As reported by ESPN’s Malika Andrews, the injury makes him the eighth different All-Star to miss a playoff game this year—the most in a season in NBA history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.