LeBron James has been dealing with lower back soreness for the past few weeks, he revealed Thursday night after he helped the Miami Heat top the Los Angeles Clippers 102-97.
“I’ve had a history of it, but I always keep a good eye on it so I should be all right,” James said. “It ain’t a great feeling, I’ll tell you that – especially at nighttime when you’re trying to sleep,” he tells Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press. James has worn heat packs to keep his back loose at times through Miami’s first six games, and this is not the first time that he’s dealt with back problems early in a season. “He didn’t look as spry as he normally does [in last night's game],” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. James is determined to get back to full health. “I’m doing everything I can to get back to my normal self.”
This is something to keep an eye on, but I don’t think back soreness is going keep LeBron out of games right now. It’s just not who he is.
The Heat are now 4-2 on the season, having won three consecutive games since dropping below .500 for the first time since 2010. LeBron has averaged 25.6 points, 8.0 assists and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 58 percent from the floor in the first six games of the season.