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The NBA fired on criticism from LeBron James on Wednesday, who struggled with the league amid the recent wave of injury to superstars during the playoffs.
Anthony Davis, James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard were among the stars injured in the last few weeks of the playoff. Harden returned to the Brooklyn Nets in Game 5 of their match with the Milwaukee Bucks but looked like a shell of his true self. Phoenix Suns star Chris Paul also entered the league’s health and safety protocol after reportedly testing positive for coronavirus.
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While James was fishing for an “I told you” moment, NBA spokesman Mike Bass said The New York Times that the injuries during the 2020-21 season were roughly the same as the 2019-20 season. The NBA ended the pandemic-hit 2019-20 season in October and resumed the 2020-21 season in December.
“Injury rates this season have been practically the same as in 2019-20, while Starter and All-Star players missed matches at rates similar to those of the previous three seasons due to injuries,” said Bass.
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“While injury is an unfortunate reality of our game, we acknowledge the tremendous sacrifice NBA players and teams have made to survive this pandemic.”
James did not respond to the NBA’s comment.
“They all didn’t want to listen to me about the start of the season. I knew exactly what was going to happen. I just wanted to protect the welfare of the players, which is ultimately the PRODUCT AND BENEFIT OF OUR GAME! These injuries are It’s not just ‘PART OF THE GAME “It’s the lack of PURE RIM REST rest before restarting,” he wrote. “8, possibly 9 ALL-STARS missed playoff games (most in league history). This is the best time of year for our league and our fans, but we miss a lot of our favorite players. It’s crazy. If there is a person who knows? (sic) about the body and how it works all year round, that’s ME! I speak for the health of all of our players and I hate to see so many injuries this time of year. Sorry, fans wish you all saw your favorites right now. “
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According to the Elias Sports Office, Leonard will be the eighth All-Star to miss at least one game in the NBA playoffs, setting a new league record.
Fox News’ Dan Canova contributed to this report.