The NBA lives today one of its busiest days of the season. Coaches fired, players injured, Chris Paul with Covid, LaMelo Ball with ROY and as icing on the cake, LeBron James fired all-out against the league.
The trigger for the King’s fury was the injury suffered by Kawhi Leonard. Today it was announced that the Los Angeles Clippers forward would miss Game 5 to the Utah Jazz and possibly the remainder of the series due to a sprained knee. He is the eighth All-Star to miss at least one game of these Playoffs, a league record.
Injuries have been many and very decisive throughout the season and the Playoffs. ESPN analyst Baxter Holmes revealed with a data study that this season there has been a record number of injuries, particularly among NBA stars. This is due to the combination of a short preseason, condensed schedule, and protocols and restrictions related to Covid.
LeBron James furious with the NBA
LeBron generated a Twitter thread with three texts in which he expresses the reason for his discomfort. “They didn’t want to hear from me about the beginning of the season,” wrote James. Remember that the NBA had a very short rest period for the players
“If there is one person who knows about the body and how it works throughout the year, that is me,” said the Lakers forward, who this year missed 26 regular season games due to a high ankle sprain, the most of matches that he was absent throughout his career. Injury that clearly compromised him in the lost series against Phoenix Suns.
He finally closed with a Tweet saying that he understands business factors. The NBA 2021 season began on December 22 when the agreed date was for February, but it was advanced to recover the billions of dollars lost in the pandemic. In this way, the 71 preseason days were the fewest in history among the NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB. (Bolavip)