The new NBA season is just a couple of days away, but the Cleveland Cavaliers may have to play their season opener against the Chicago Bulls without one of their key stars.
LeBron James has said to Yahoo! Sports that he might not be able to play in four days time for the Cavaliers as they begin their quest for their first ever NBA Championship in franchise history.
The four-time NBA MVP has been out of action due to back problems, and he did have an anti-inflammatory injection to help with the issue last week, but he is yet to be cleared by the Cavaliers' medical team to return back to the court.
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''If everything goes right,'' he said to Yahoo! Sports. ''We feel like we're progressing really well and if we can continue to do that, then I'm optimistic that I'll be able to go.''
The Cavaliers will need their best player on the court in the season opener if they want to try and win their first ever championship in franchise history. At least if they want to go the easy way about it, rather than the hard way without him.
It seems Cavaliers head coach David Blatt's comments about James playing in the first game may have been too optimistic. He said the two-time NBA Champion would ''absolutely'' play against the Bulls.
General manager David Griffin has also raised the possibility that Cleveland could rest its biggest star for the opener.
He said: ''He really wants to compete. I don't think that there's any reason that he won't play on Tuesday. We have no reason to believe that, but we also are of the mindset that it wouldn't be the end of the world if he didn't play on Tuesday. We just want him to get better every day and he has been and he's been progressing and feeling like we'd like him to feel.''
Hopefully, we shall receive some more information on James' recovery from his back injury over the weekend before the Cavaliers practice again on Sunday.