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LeBron on the elbow: "It was pretty bad"

Posted on: October 11, 2010 2:30 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Remember LeBron James' elbow problems last season during the playoffs? It was so bad, he even had to shoot free throws left-handed. Then the Cavs lost to the Celtics, LeBron didn't play great in the last few games, then he signed with Miami and everyone forgot about the problems James had with his trusty right arm.

Finally, LeBron is talking a little about it. He told Lang Whitaker of SLAM a little about what he went through with the elbow:
“It was pretty bad. It was something we couldn’t figure out exactly what it was. There was times where I couldn’t fully extend my elbow, and that’s my shooting arm. And I do a lot with my right hand [laughs] … Close to the last week of the season it started hurting a little bit, and then it just got worse throughout the playoffs.”
Wow, couldn't fully extend his elbow? I'm no David Thorpe here, but I'm pretty sure that sort of things is required to successfully shoot a basketball. Still no official diagnosis as to what was bothering LeBron though with the elbow or how it came about. We just now have LeBron finally saying, "It was pretty bad."

Credit to LeBron though, because he never made an excuse about the elbow. He is now, but that's well after the fact. Following a few of those dismal performances, he easily could've pointed right at his elbow and passed it off on that. But he didn't. He doesn't talk about how or where he's hurting. At the time, then-GM Danny Ferry said LeBron would've rested if it weren't the playoffs. Instead, he played.

If you remember, LeBron went to the jumper more and more when the elbow pain hit. Instead of aggressively bulldozing his way into the lane like he normally does, he shied away from the inside punishment and lingered on the perimeter. Now of course the whole elbow situation coupled with his poor performance and the way he tossed his Cavs jersey to the ground after Game 6 led people to crank up far-fetched theories that LeBron was throwing the series to escape town. But that stuff is as real as Sidd Finch.

Thus far in Miami, there haven't been any apparent affects still lingering over from the elbow issues. LeBron's jumper has looked healthy and he's been aggressive as ever. And so far, he hasn't shot any left-handed free throws.

Via Ziller at FanHouse
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Since: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2010 12:05 am
 

LeBron on the elbow: "It was pretty bad"

I thought father lucifer was supposed to protect lebron and kobe from this kind of stuff.  Check out what my friend and I video taped at one of Lebron's games a while back. You explain to me what the hell he's doing. watch the entire video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXONAk6QUno




Since: Aug 3, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2010 11:14 pm
 

LeBron on the elbow: "It was pretty bad"

Didn't they do an MRI and found nothing?  Why did it take LeBron all this time to finally address this phantom injury?

The Heat need to assign a full time media coach to LeBron.  To add to Leshinebox's list, LeBron's just not very smart.



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2010 11:02 pm
 

LeBron on the elbow: "It was pretty bad"


His elbow was perfectly fine. It's his heart that's the problem. He's a great dunker and athlete but is simply put, a loser. A gutless competitor and horrible under pressure. His problem is he gets so nervous under pressure. He's just not a winner. He's not a bigtime player. He's not a champion. He's just not Kobe a 5 time winner and true champion on and off the court.



Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2010 11:00 pm
 

LeBron on the elbow: "It was pretty bad"

I still have a hard time swallowing the whole sore elbow excuse. There was points during the series his arm looked great. He was extending it perfectly fine and showed zero signs of discomfort. Next game he did terrible..elbow was hurting. Game after that...looked great again. If I had to guess, I'd say it was no doubt a little sore, but he exaggerated the problem as an excuse to having a terrible game.



Since: Oct 11, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2010 4:48 pm
 

LeBron on the elbow: "It was pretty bad"

Shooting a free throw left handed for all the world to see during the playoffs is LeBron's passive-agressive way of making an excuse.  No diagnosis, no surgery, no lingering problems a few months later . . . hmmmm.



Since: Jul 16, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2010 2:58 pm
 

LeBron on the elbow: "It was pretty bad"

*sniff* *sniff* .... I smell Bullsh!t.


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