VIDEO: James talks with media following Friday’s practice
Cavaliers coach David Blatt already has said he absolutely expects LeBron James to play in the Cavaliers’ opening game Tuesday in Chicago (8 p.m. ET on TNT). No one else in the Cavs camp has said anything to contradict that. And James, according to reports noting his skipped practices after his recent anti-inflammatory injection to his back, has sounded no alarms either.
But sports media being what it is these days, maybe the “anonymous sources” stuff carries more weight. So with that in mind, here’s a report from Yahoo! Sports affirming what most everyone has believed anyway:
LeBron James is expected to play in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ regular-season opener next week despite his recent back problems, a league source told Yahoo Sports on Saturday. James received an anti-inflammatory injection in his back on Oct. 13 and has played in only two preseason games. James, however, has been working out daily and his back is improving, the source said.
James and the Cavaliers open the regular season on Tuesday on the road against the Chicago Bulls. James, 30, received a similar anti-inflammatory shot last season because of back pain and a strained left knee. He recently said he would be open to receiving another shot in his back if necessary.
James is entering his 13th NBA season and has averaged 39.1 minutes over 911 career regular-season games.