WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Lebron James blamed the latest series of All-star injuries due to the NBA’s condensed game schedule.
- He felt sorry for the fans for not being able to watch their favorite players on the court.
- ESPN concluded that this season had the highest injury rates in the league’s history.
Amid the recent series of NBA players (Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Anthony Davis etc.) getting injured, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Lebron James can’t help but blame the league again for the tight game schedule this season.
James attributed the rise of player injuries due to the lack of rest given the condensed schedule implemented by NBA November last year.
“They all didn’t wanna listen to me about the start of the season. I knew exactly what would happen. I only wanted to protect the well being of the players which ultimately is the PRODUCT & BENEFIT of OUR GAME! These injuries aren’t just “PART OF THE GAME,” the king tweeted, adding that “It’s the lack of PURE RIM REST before starting back up. 8, possibly 9 ALL-STARS have missed Playoff games (most in league history).”
“This is the best time of the year for our league and fans but missing a ton of our favorite players. It’s insane. If there’s one person who knows about the body and how it “works all year round it’s ME!,” he continued.
James said he was speaking on behalf of the players and confessed that it’s sad to see those injuries especially during these playoffs.
The king also touched on the financial aspect of the issue ━ since the league took a bad hit last year due to the pandemic.
“And I know all about the business side too/factors so don’t even try me! I get it,” James argued.
Nearly two and half months after the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA Finals at Walt Disney World, the current season already began last December 22. The league recorded its shortest offseason in history. It also marked the most brief offseason across the four major men’s professional sports leagues in the US.
At the time, James also expressed his objection against the new policy.
On Wednesday night, the NBA issued a statement in response to James’ criticism.
“Injury rates were virtually the same this season as they were during 2019-20 while starter-level and All-Star players missed games due to injury at similar rates last seasons,” NBA representative Mike Bass said, per Marc Stein from The New York Times.
“While injuries are an unfortunate reality of our game, we recognize the enormous sacrifices NBA players and teams have made to play through this pandemic.”
Based on the tracking by ESPN, however, it supported James’ claim that this season had the most number of injuries, especially for star players.
The sports outlet said that this season, All-Stars missed 19 percent of games in a single season ━ the highest percentage in NBA’s history.