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LeBron James out with “general soreness”

Oct 20, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra

This may seem like a big deal, because LeBron James is kind of a big deal. He’s a basketball machine who rarely misses time, and all things told, he’s one of the most durable players the league has.

So is it a little weird to see him hampered with such a regular folks thing like general soreness? Sure, a little. But don’t be alarmed — this is just a classic example of game recognizing game. This might not be on the level of Gregg Popovich listing Tim Duncan as “DNP – OLD” last season, but it’s a nice homage to Pop to sideline LeBron with “general soreness” for their preseason tilt.

Professional sports are kind of funny like this. Sometimes, players don’t have anything really wrong with them — they just need rest. Other times, it’s the coaches who just want to sit their stars and give them a break. But you can’t actually say that, because people buy tickets and the like. And really, you can’t just make up a specific injury because those pesky media types will start poking around, so you go the Ferris Bueller route with something vague. Flu-like symptoms. Cramps. General soreness.

Popovich has been trying to run the odometer backwards on Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker for years, so I’m sure he can appreciate Spoelstra’s ploy here. Not having to coach against LeBron James is probably a nice little bonus, too.

  1. heathater4lifeson - Oct 20, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    What a pussy

    • africanballer - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:59 AM

      nba champ, season mvp, finals mvp, gold medal = pussy. you should consider being a pussy too one of these days

  2. rostar83 - Oct 20, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Oh… Such a dumb*ss… If he is, he is the MOST VALUABLE PUSSY! (A Chicago Bulls Fan)

    • eventhorizon04 - Oct 21, 2012 at 7:06 AM

      Enjoy rebuilding because your owner was unwilling to pay even a little bit of luxury tax to keep your bench intact, Bulls fan.

  3. cantonbound13 - Oct 20, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Flopping accident.

    • eventhorizon04 - Oct 21, 2012 at 7:12 AM

      I’d rather LeBron miss time in preseason due to soreness than miss time during the playoffs because he stupidly punched a fire extinguisher in the middle of a series.

      Only a bad player for a bad team would hurt himself like that.

  4. mitchem85 - Oct 20, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    umadbros?!?!

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 20, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Getting his ring finger sized

  6. cantonbound13 - Oct 20, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Have you seen the ring? Where did they put the asterisk?

    • eventhorizon04 - Oct 21, 2012 at 7:04 AM

      Lol, a Knicks fan putting an asterisk on last year’s championship because his team tried to win but lost in 5 games.

      Don’t worry – as a Knicks fan, you never have to worry about your team winning a championship with or without an asterisk.

      Your team has the worst owner in the entire NBA (who can’t build a winner despite having a huge revenue base and being in a marketing-friendly city), and he’s never going to sell the team.

      So stay bitter.

  7. prideandpoise - Oct 20, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Genital Soreness

  8. steelers4385 - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Cry baby cry

  9. rodge1 - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Yay!!!… The haters are back!… Nice to see the usual bitter-bitch-haters. Greetings bitches, I’m looking forward to your ignorance all season long…

  10. packhawk04 - Oct 21, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    “DNP- no effing reason to risk injury”

  11. damp1015 - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Wow, I can’t believe how such a story as this creates that much hostile emotions for individuals. So what he is out with “General Soreness”? The pre-season is know who to cut and get guys into the motions. Lebron does not need to get into the motions, he is the motion for that team, whether is not people will admit it, he is the Leader now. And I am a Knicks fan.

    • sellahh - Oct 21, 2012 at 5:49 AM

      People love hate and hate love. That’s the way you’re taught.
      PS. Same reason your post goes 0-1 whereas some bullshit dumb*** **** gets all the thumbs up :)

  12. sdelmonte - Oct 21, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    I am sure he will fine. But it’s been a long year for his body. There is always the chance he could be worn down just a bit by the end of the next season.

  13. miamatt - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Spo wanted to give him a night off, and wanted to push Wade a litter harder as the regular season approaches. Complete non-story.

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