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LeBron James dealing with back pain

Cleveland Cavaliers Media Day

Cleveland Cavaliers Media Day

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LeBron James has played 1,000 games, regular season and playoffs, since he entered the NBA. That’s more than anyone in that span.

In the last four years alone, he’s averaged more than 95 games per season.

That can take a toll.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

That LeBron hasn’t sat out is encouraging. The Cavaliers are expecting a long season ahead, and this is the time of the year to be extra careful.

But LeBron is so important to the team – to the league, really – any minor injury raises eyebrows. That he signed a two-year contract – giving himself less security in exchange for more upside – further magnifies any bump or bruise.

His weight loss should help him get through this, even if he says otherwise.