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To surprise of nobody, LeBron James will play Friday

Jan 4, 2013, 11:36 AM EST

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LeBron James is feeling the bumps and bruises of the long NBA season, one where me takes (and dishes out) as much physical abuse as anybody in the league. He was taking it easy during practice on Thursday, which led to some speculation he could sit out Friday when the Heat host the Bulls.

Nah, he’s playing.

James went through shootaround Friday and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told the media that LeBron would go, tweets K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Shocking, I know.

In other not-so-shocking news, Joakim Noah will play for the Bulls in this game despite battling the flu, reports Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com.

LeBron doesn’t miss a lot of games. In January that may not be a big deal. But as we head into March and April and the playoffs get closer, look for Spoelstra to risk the wrath of David Stern and rest his stars at various points. Probably not all three for a nationally televised game — we saw how Stern dealt with that — but he should pick and choose is spots. And will.

But that night is not tonight. Sorry Bulls fans.

  1. miamatt - Jan 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    There’s no reason for James to sit if he doesn’t have an injury that needs rest and/or rehab in order to heal. His conditioning is phenomenal and as the leader of this team, he needs to be the rock who is there every single night.

    Later in the season, Spo will sit him for 2-3 games. Miami’s #1 regular season priority is to get through it healthy. #2 priority is to land a top 3 conference seed, which they can get in their sleep.

  2. realninerfan22 - Jan 4, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Sit lbj heat can beat 100 percent of teams in the league without hi. Lbj is a frontrunner. The most overrated player in NBA history!! Yea he gets tripple doubles but look who he’s playing with a dam allstar team, put any player with d wade and bosh and they well put up the same numbers. Lbj well never win a ring without d wade. D wade is the men and miami and always well be. Lbj well always be remembered as the guy who left a 60 win team to play with a superstar hof player who already had a ring. Lbj is a stat sheet stuffer but wen it comes to being their late moments lbj well choak like always unless his daddy d wade isn’t their to hold his hand. Lbj is a bum. The most mentally sofest player ever

    • shaner329 - Jan 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Lol

    • cramsinned - Jan 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      realninerfan22 you forgot to drink your medicine

    • bumblebeetuna725 - Jan 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      I live in Miami, have season tickets wade is my probably favorite player of all time but the things James does is insane you cant compare them.

    • blueintown - Jan 4, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      How original.

    • southbeachtalent - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      So Dan Gilbert is a niner fan.. Who would have known!

  3. progress2011 - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    real-drunk-ninerfan,

    I understand we are just blogging. Stuff like grammar, punctuation, subject-verb agreement … all that stuff goes out of the window! I type slang a lot, sometimes just to egg someone on.

    HOWEVER … your post would suggest an entirely different level of literacy and/ or drunken-stupor ! It’s almost incomprehensible!

    I would suggest sobering up “a little” and/ or have yo momma proof read your stuff before posting. If for no other reason, so we can attempt to understand what you are talking about!

    Put down the bottle of moonshine….ahahahaha

    • blueintown - Jan 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      “yo momma”? Really?

      • progress2011 - Jan 5, 2013 at 5:19 AM

        Yep….Yo Momma too, BOY !

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