The NBA season finally tipped off last Tuesday after a wild and chaotic offseason. After the dominance that the Golden State Warriors showed last season, every team will be gunning to take them down.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are certainly one of the top teams in contention to win it all, largely because of LeBron James.
LeBron, however, has had a very rough start to the season already. He tweaked his ankle in a practice two weeks ago, and according to people around the Cavaliers, it was not just your typical mild sprain.
LeBron only played one preseason game against the Chicago Bulls. While he was pretty efficient on offense, there did seem to be some timing and rust issues with his passing and playmaking. This was obviously expected given that he hasn’t had enough time to practice with the multitude of new acquisitions.
Coming into the opener against Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics, LeBron was a game-time decision. He ended up suiting up and giving it a go and had a typical LeBron-type game. He ended up dropping 29 points, 16 rebounds, and 9 assists.
The biggest statement made, however, was what LeBron said to TNT’s Kristen Ledlow after the game. He stated that he felt very out of shape and that he will have to improve tremendously in order to put the Cavaliers in the best possible position.
LeBron also highlighted that he will have to walk a fine line between working on his conditioning and treating his injured ankle. The Cavaliers reported today that LeBron will be playing Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks and will then see how his ankle responds.
One thing that is certain, is that LeBron is the engine to this team. With all the new acquisitions, the Cavaliers need LeBron to help ease with the integration of the new players. It will be a work in progress but if the Cavaliers start hitting on all cylinders, they will put themselves in a great position to make some noise.
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