Report: LeBron had a back injection, could miss remainder of preseason

LeBron James missed two weeks last season with what the team called knee and back strains. But thanks to a report from Jason Lloyd of Ohio.com, we now know a little more about the break — namely, that James received a back injection which was likely the true cause of him needing to miss time.

And with the NBA season just around the corner, the Cavaliers are giving the injection another try. James is likely out for the remainder of the preseason, reportedly due to undergoing the exact same procedure.

LeBron James received an injection in his back this week, according to multiple sources, and is unlikely to play again in the preseason. James received a similar anti-inflammatory shot in January when he was shut down for two weeks and responded so well that the plan was always for him to have another one at some point, one league source said. By doing it now, James won’t miss any significant time.

The Cavs open the regular season at the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 27.

James was dominant once he returned from the injection last season, so maybe it should be viewed as a positive that he’s getting it done before the long grind of the 82-game regular season begins. But Cleveland’s injury woes will loom in the minds of most NBA observers all season.

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