LeBron James is Big Mad.
After news of Kawhi Leonard potentially suffering from a torn ACL was reported on social media, it appeared that the conversation about the star-studded players being injured has reached a critical mass for the game’s biggest name.
That’s when James took it to another level, with a bunch of tweets that apparently call out the powers that be in the NBA.
No one wants to see anyone injured, especially not the star players. Eight All-Stars he will miss games in the playoffs this season, and that number could be raised to nine if Chris Paul is not released for the start of the Western Conference finals.
I think LeBron is right here: The grinding of this 72-game condensed season after the shortest season in NBA history for some players has left the boys more fragile to end the year. It’s something that LeBron has been keen to start the season, and has sounded the alarm over the pedage that the race this NBA season would have on the player’s bodies.
He also reiterated his frustrations at the All-Star break when the league forced the game on its players.
“Little season for me and my teammates, 71 days,” LeBron said, referring to the quick turnaround time to win the championship in the bubble at this season’s opening on December 22nd. “And after coming in this season, they told us they hadn’t had an All-Star game, so we’d have a nice little break. Five days [in March] from 5 to 10, the opportunity for me to recover for the second half of the season. My teammates too. Some of the guys in the league. ”
“And then they throw an All-Star Game at us like that and it just breaks up. So, um, almost a kind of slap in the face.”
While I understand the frustration that many players, including James, have over this, we have to keep everything in context. The fact is that the league and the NBA Players Association have accepted the schedule because of the money involved.
According to ESPN, the league believed a Dec. 22 start that included Christmas Day television games and a 72-game schedule that ended before the Summer Olympics in mid-July was worth between $ 500 million. and $ 1 billion in short and long term revenues for the league and players.
While it’s not as if this was forced on players – they agreed this season – measures such as reviving the All-Star game and not incorporating rest periods during a condensed season has been a failure on the part of the league to protect its main product.
This is a whole mess now for the NBA. They just need to get through this season and try to reunite and reach a certain level of normalcy. Hopefully without a higher body number.