LeBron James is likely to miss his first game of the season on Saturday due to a strained back muscle. Unfortunately, it may not be the only injury the Los Angeles Lakers superstar is nursing.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, James is also dealing with a groin issue. That is, of course, concerning given that a groin injury is what detailed James and the Lakers’ season last year and kept him out for the longest stretch of his NBA career.
LeBron has played in every game this season, having recently spoken about his philosophy on load management. The 35-year-old is playing a career low in minutes but the team is still dependent on his play especially on the offensive end.
Nevertheless, this is a point when the Lakers must be cautious with James. The team has roared to a great start but it will be for naught if their superstar is not healthy by the time the postseason starts.
James has already played one game with the back strain before being listed as doubtful for Saturday’s match against the Denver Nuggets. The groin injury may be more concerning, however, and the Lakers may need to consider some regular rest periods for LeBron if it persists.