LeBron James has officially returned to Miami. But fear not Cleveland Cavaliers fans he isn't jumping ship just yet. James is in fact back down in Florida for rehab on the injuries that have been plaguing him in Cleveland.
According to reports from ESPN today, LeBron was told to get to down to Miami by the Cavs trainers in an effort to take advantage of the warm weather the city has been having as he looks to step up his return from knee and back strains.
It seemed weird to most that LeBron wasn't present to watch the Cavs games when they were playing even in Cleveland, but apparently he was told to keep away because the continuous sitting on the bench could have made his back even worse. Aaron Rodgers knows this pain, as he reported back soreness after being sat on the sidelines for so long when he was taken out by the Packers during a big win over the Chicago Bears.
"That was by design," Blatt said. "He hasn't been around per orders of the doctor."
LeBron will be travelling with the Cavs as they play Golden State Warriors next week in California, with the weather being the main reason for him being allowed to travel. It's been said that LeBron has been undertaking 3-4 rehab sessions a day while he's been in Miami.
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"It helps that we're going to some warmer cities, so my body could use that as well," James said Wednesday upon returning to the team after being away. "It's difficult for sure, not being with the guys, and me being a team guy, and a camaraderie guy, it was difficult for sure."
LeBron also went on to admit that he has been injured one way or another for pretty much the whole of this season, which would explain his lacklustre performances back in the Cleveland Cavaliers jersey.
"I haven't felt great all year. I've had spurts where one or two games I felt good, and after that, I was just pushing through it, just being the competitive guy I am and wanting to be out there for my teammates. I feel better right now than I [have] for the majority of the season."