Miami Heat forward LeBron James has admitted he has been playing with a back injury, reports the Sun Sentinel.
James, who was named the NBA Player of the Week along with Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant, has been in fine form for the Miami Heat so far this season - despite carrying an injury niggle.
The 28-year-old has the third best points average - with only Durant and New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony above him in the rankings.
James revealed after the Miami Heat's narrow 99-98 win over the Charlotte Bobcats that he was willing to play through his injury.
Speaking to the Sun Sentinel, James said: "Until it tells me you need to sit a game or two.
"I'm not at that point right now. It's something I've dealt with before in the past. I know what I need to do to get it better. If it becomes a real issue, then I've got to do what's best for myself and this team long term."
Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoesltra played down James' fears after their win by saying there were no immediate plans to rest his star player.
The Miami-based franchise are currently second in the Eastern Conference, having won 14 of their first 17 games of the season so far.