As in every sport, the long NBA season brings players a consistent amount of aches and pains. This is only magnified if a player is suiting up for a team that’s made a deep run into the playoffs.
Nearly 100 games and eight months of high-intensity basketball has four-time NBA MVP LeBron James dealing with a wrist injury that has impacted him through the vast majority of the season.
According to Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, James was seen with his right wrist wrapped at practice on Monday. The scribe also indicated that the Cleveland Cavaliers top dog was wearing the wrap on Sunday as well.
LeBron James has right wrist wrapped. Says it's a sprain he's played with all season. His wrist was wrapped yesterday too. Nothing serious.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 1, 2015
It’s the same wrist that kept James out for seven games in late December and early January.
This isn’t something the Cavaliers should worry about as they prepare for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Instead, it just goes to show us what James has had to deal with while leading his team to the association’s biggest stage. As we saw in the Eastern Conference Finals, minor injuries gave in to all-out exhaustion as James led the Cavaliers past the Atlanta Hawks in four games.
So for all the naysayers who have questioned James’ toughness in the past, maybe it’s time to mute yourself. As we have seen over the past couple months, he’s one of the toughest players in the game. And while all players are dealing with bumps and bruises at this late stage in the season, James should be applauded for his determination.
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