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LeBron James misses shootaround for ‘personal issue’

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 3: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on November 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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LeBron James caused a stir when he posted the Arthur fist meme shortly after Kyrie Irving led the Celtics to a win:


The Cavaliers star followed up this morning with a far more positive tweet:

Now, more vague LeBron news…

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LeBron James was excused from the Cavaliers’ morning shootaround Tuesday to attend to a “personal issue,” a team spokesman said, but will play against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The same team spokesman said guard Iman Shumpert is “probable” to return from a right knee injury that has kept him out for a week.

Players occasionally miss shootarounds and practices for personal issues. It’s rarely a big deal. This is being treated as more only because it involves LeBron, and there’s already an air of mystery surrounding him.

Perhaps, his Instagram post was about the personal issue, not basketball? As always, read into vague social-media postings at your own peril.

At least Cleveland gets Shumpert back. He can only help.