Lebron with mild ankle sprain

Lebron with mild ankle sprain

Postby The Rock on Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:25 am


James leaves practice with mild ankle sprain

LAS VEGAS (AP)—As Team USA’s practice ended, LeBron James reclined on a table with trainers tending to his sprained right ankle.

A horde of television cameramen surrounded James and the trainers before team officials shooed them away.

The Americans described the injury as minor. It occurred Tuesday when James landed on Kevin Durant’s foot during a closed scrimmage between Team USA and a select squad of young NBA players at Valley High School.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he would know more on Wednesday, after James has had a chance to rest.

“He thinks it’s a mild sprain,” Krzyzewski said. “Our trainers think it’s a mild sprain. So we’ll find out tomorrow. But I don’t think it’s anything serious. Obviously, we’ll look and see what happens tomorrow.”

Until more is known, James’ injury raises questions about whether the forward will be full-speed as the Olympics approach.

The U.S. has already dealt with an injury to another starter, center Dwight Howard, who is returning from a stress fracture to his sternum. And Dwyane Wade, one of the top reserves, is coming back from left knee surgery.

Team officials have been encouraged by Howard and Wade during training camp this week. They seemed equally optimistic about James.

“You never want to see anyone hurt, but he’s had this sprain before,” managing director Jerry Colangelo said. “We’re being told it’s a minor deal. Obviously, he’s got to take care of it.”

In January, James missed a game with the Cleveland Cavaliers because of an ankle sprain. He returned to score 28 points in a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 2.

A few weeks later, James left a game against Boston late in the first half with an ankle injury. X-rays were negative and James returned for the start of the second.

On Tuesday, trainers wrapped the ankle in a black brace, and James hobbled off the court without speaking to reporters.

Several teammates spoke to James, but none seemed very concerned that he’ll miss much time.

“I ain’t concerned about that guy,” Wade said. “That guy is a professional. I’ve seen that guy get hurt one time in the NBA and come back in the second half and score 30-something. I’m not worried about him. He’s going to get healthy and it’ll take care of itself.”

The Americans have two more workouts before facing Canada in an exhibition on Friday. Then the squad leaves for Macau, where it opens a four-game exhibition tour. The Olympic opener is Aug. 10 against host China in Beijing.

The U.S. can replace injured players until a final roster is submitted Aug. 7. But no one was talking about James being left off the squad.

“We got time,” teammate Carmelo Anthony said. “I think it’s just a little mild ankle sprain. We got time. We need him to rest. We don’t need him right now. We need him on Aug. 10.”

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Postby leakbrewergator on Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:37 am

He was bound to get a sprain with all the walking he does.

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Postby Crono0801 on Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:45 am

leakbrewergator wrote:He was bound to get a sprain with all the walking he does.
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Postby JSM on Wed Jul 23, 2008 1:14 pm

Rob Miech of the Las Vegas Sun wrote:LeBron James gingerly left Valley High late Tuesday afternoon, favoring a right ankle he had rolled in practice with the U.S. national basketball team.

But he did not leave the grounds in the shiny black Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow.

Quick, who did?

When James rolled his ankle on Kevin Durant's foot, a hush fell over a few hundred select coaches and other basketball executives, and Nike representatives, in the gym.

Team USA trainer Keith Jones called it a mild sprain.

“After it happened, I went right over to him,” said shooting guard Michael Redd. “He said, It’s OK. He’s important, a guy we desperately need. We need him healthy.”

The Americans play Canada here Friday night at UNLV and will play four exhibitions, two in Macao and two in Shanghai, before opening the Olympics against China on Aug. 10 in Beijing.

James declined to field questions after practice as he sat on a trainer’s table with his right ankle taped and earphones blared music from his iPod.

With his right hand on a rail, he walked down the right side of a staircase outside the gym.

He was oblivious to the throng of 100 or so, mostly kids, on the other side of the left rail begging for his autograph.

James eked up to a white Lincoln Town Car and was driven away. The Rolls wasn’t for him.

Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd, Chris Bosh, Tayshaun Prince, Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer and Dwight Howard all ambled over to the signature seekers to appease them.

"I apologize ahead of time because I know I won't be able to get to everybody," Wade said to the crowd.

None, however, got into the Rolls.

When Kobe Bryant left the arena, the crowd went bananas.

Kobe, you promised! You promised us! I have been out here sweating for two days! Got time for a little girl?

But Bryant stayed to the far right, signing for nobody. At the base of the stairs, not even he veered right to the Rolls. He inched to his left, then up the stairs and into the coach of a white chartered but with heavily tinted windows.

Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski didn’t sign a thing, either. Near the bottom of the stairs, someone cheered for North Carolina. Krzyzewski coaches Duke, the Tar Heels’ arch enemy.

Not even Coach K, though, got into the Rolls.

That ride was reserved for Jim Hill, the always sharp-dressed sports anchor for KCBS-Channel 2 in Los Angeles. He opened the right rear suicide door, casually slipped in and was gone down a rear alley out of the premises.
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