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LeBron James says his elbow is still not right

Aug 18, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for ljames_points.jpgThere are enough conspiracy theories around LeBron’s elbow that I’m convinced it was injured by the man in the grassy knoll.

While LeBron doubters have called it imagined, in a much-overlooked part of the GQ interview James said the elbow still bothered him (the interviews took place in July).

“I go out there and get a hard workout, and I know the elbow is not 100 percent healthy… It feels great, but I’m not going to wait until it hurts to start icing it.”

I’m not on board with the Oliver Stone fans saying it was all a ruse to help facilitate leaving Cleveland for Miami. It looked to me like he was genuinely hurting. That whatever exactly happened it changed parts of his game as he tried to compensate.

But we won’t know for sure until we hear from LeBron’s elbow itself.

  1. ocgunslinger - Aug 18, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    You don’t win…..you must have a good excuse. What a wimp. Barley was right, he’s a punk.

  2. adam - Aug 18, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    hey has never made excuses before, like when his team was swept by the Spurs, why would he make excuses now, just for excuses sake? Great basketball players change teams all the time. Barkley went championship chasing in Phoenix…Karl Malone went to LA, as did Gary Payton. Shaq’s been chasing trophies all across the country…only difference is Lebron raised 2.5 million dollars for children in the process, what a wimp and punk, haha

  3. tish - Aug 18, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    He never blamed his elbow. Remember throughout the playoffs he said like fifteen times “i’m not going to use that as an excuse.”

  4. ron - Aug 18, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    lebron just wont shut up. everyday we have to hear from him.biggest ego i ever have seen. i am so tired of him. he is child.

  5. Crusher - Aug 18, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    And by saying that he was using it as an excuse. When he sucked in Games 5 and 6 he sat there rubbing his elbow, pouting like a little kid. And don’t forget him chucking up a left-handed FT in a still close game.
    And for the idiot who thinks LeBron was a great guy by helping raise $2.5M – get real. All that move was was a cheap marketing ploy to try to defect some of the negative attention away from The Debacle.

  6. adam - Aug 18, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    how is raising money for children a cheap marketing ploy?? granted it was little work for him, but as far as marketing goes “The Decision” did more to hurt his rep than anything and the boys and girls club still received 2.5mill. It may have been a bad idea but ESPN was just as much at fault for promoting the event as Lebron was for participating
    Score one for the kids!

  7. ocgunslinger - Aug 18, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    all due respect Adam, even wimps and punks will do some good things I grant you….BUT Lebron is still a wimp punk.

  8. JoJo is Smiling - Aug 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    AMEN1 Could not agree more
    To all the other:
    Wimp..come on! None of you (or us) could even begin to compete on his level.
    And in the end….you will see.

  9. Beavis - Aug 18, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    X-Rays also showed a swollen ego and an enlarged sense of self.

  10. Randall - Aug 18, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Smart move, getting those excuses out there nice and early.
    Dumb move, letting the whole league know what they’re aiming for.
    I can’t wait to see what kind of shape the Threego is in come playoff time. Unless of course Stern is protecting them…
    Dammit, Stern just fined me :(

  11. scottwade - Aug 18, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Lebron is a top ten player in the league and thats it. Why so much hype for a top ten player. Durant is head over heals better. He doesnt recieve the hype.

  12. HoopsHoops0801 - Aug 18, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    SHUT UP!

  13. Jon - Aug 18, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Guys Guys Guys. Basketball is a game! It is also a business. Taking it personal is too funny. He just did the same thing eveybody is trying to do…win and make money. He chose to make money while trying to make money by doing it on the air and giving that money to children. I say great. It is what it is. Why not help someone besided yourself?? Is that a bad thing? Is he more of a “punk” because what? Because he did it in front of the world instead of behind closed doors. It’s reality. It happens all the time in every business and in every compition drivin activity known to mankind. Remember when Micheal Jordan wanted Charles Barkley to join him on the wizards? Remember when Barkley was considering it? These guys have no room to talk and I dont have of problem with any of it becasue it is just BUSINESS….and also a game. Big deal. Get over it!

  14. Malik - Aug 18, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Guess he couldnt stand all the press Favre was getting.

  15. bballer - Aug 18, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Karl Malone, Gary Paytin, Barkley they were all at the end of their careers when they started chasing for a championship. Lebron is supposedly the best basketball player out there right now and his team hsd the best record last year.

  16. Jimee Johnnson - Aug 18, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Big talk from someone hiding behind his keyboard. At 6 foot 8 inches and 250lbs., LeBron James is no wimp.

  17. iambored - Aug 18, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    This is called karma creeping up on Lebron. LOL. Wrong place at the wrong time.

  18. Dave - Aug 18, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Barkley also switched teams mid career to win, his criticism is hypocritical.

  19. Scot - Aug 18, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Give the guy a break. He is not a cheat and not a quitter. If he would have stayed in Cleveland nobody would be slandering him like this. He’s a guy who wants to be playing on the same team as his close friends…wouldn’t we all like to do that?!! The Decision was a bit much but hey, ESPN is to blame also, just look at how much they glamour over the whole DivaFarve soap opera. Atleast it gives us something to talk about but not always is bad press better than no press at all. I mean the whole Jordan gambling thing was sweep’t under the rug by Stern, ooops now I was fined also!!

  20. Lemonverbeena - Aug 18, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Hmmmm, you’ve got to hand it to the guy, he’s got his built-in excuse in there early so if his “plan” doesn’t work out, he’s got something to blame it on…. I wonder what D Wade has thought up? Hamstring? Shoulder? Bosh? Let’s put a hairline fracture of his foot in there for good measure. Do you think any of them would go so far as to get one of those scary larry plastic face masks like the guy from Detroit wears? Possibilities are endless! I think the what-ifs are starting to sit heavy!

  21. Anonymous - Aug 18, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    First of all. michael jordan himself said he would have never left chicago to play with majic or byrd, he said he wanted to beat them. And barkley is right, he is a punk, to go and stage a hour long drama session, that would have only taken 2 mins is being an outright coward, flat out, and if you stupid people don’t see that, you are much more ignorant than he is. Who wins mvp back to back, has the best record in ther league, and leaves? Lebron is all about lebron, and it took me this year to see that. As someone said. when you are out there ccheering for lebron all he hears is the crowd, not the person. It’s not the decision that was so bad, but the delivery!!! Wake up people and realize that lebron is all about lebron

  22. EdTampa - Aug 18, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Only one team that I can remember has one an NBA championship without at least two hall of fame caliber players (Detroit Pistons (90’s edition)
    Bird had Mchale, Dennis Johnson, & Robert Parish, not too mention Bill Walton.
    Magic had Worthy, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, some would think that Michael Cooper should be in there as well
    Julius Erving had Moses Malone
    Hakeem Olajuwon had Clyde Drexler
    Kobe had Shaq and Pau Gasol
    Shaq had D-wade and Gary payton as well as Kobe
    Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman
    So please tell me a superstar in the league (past or present) who did it without another superstar? Show me what cleveland’s got and don’t give me that they had the best record stuff that was because of Lebron James! I’m a Magic fan but it’s nuts to think that he could’ve won a championship with the team he had in clevland

  23. EdTampa - Aug 18, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    more like 275 – 300lbs

  24. Anonymous - Aug 18, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Can’t anyone spell anymore?

  25. tferg - Aug 18, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Amen!

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