LeBron James' Status Uncertain for Cavaliers' Season Opener Tuesday

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 19, 2017

LeBron James tested his injured left ankle during a portion of practice on Sunday, but it's still not known if he'll play in Cleveland's season opener.

The Cavaliers may be without LeBron James when they open the season Tuesday against the Celtics.

The 32-year-old James hasn't missed an opener in his previous 14 seasons, and it would be hard to imagine sitting this one out given the attention with Irving coming back following this summer's blockbuster trade between the teams - and the All-Star guard's recent swipe at Cleveland.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue confirmed on Monday that if James doesn't start, J.R. Smith will take his place.

The 32-year-old James, who injured his ankle in practice on September 27, missed most of preseason and he said in his twitter account Monday that hopefully he could be "ready to get it going". "I don't care what he's got to do, he's going to play".

"I can't figure this thing out, but I just know that I love to train". He missed 27 games during that stretch as well. A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that Aldridge will exercise the $22 million player option on his contract for the 2018-19 season and will get another two years and $50 million tacked on. "I'm preparing for him to play".

Irving's three-pointer in the waning moments of game seven in 2016 lifted Cleveland to the city's first championship since 1964.

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