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Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James returned to Miami earlier this week in order to continue his rehabilitation process with the help of warmer weather.
James has been struggling with back and knee strains over the past week and so the Cavs ruled him out of action for a fortnight in order to allow him to fully recover.
The Cavaliers doctors advised the two-time NBA champion not to attend games as the continuous sitting would be bad for his back and so he was excused from road trips and team activities.
“That was by design,” coach David Blatt said. “He hasn’t been around per orders of the doctor.”
James spent part of that time at the Cavs’ practice facility but he also spent time in Miami as he has rehab sessions three to four times a day. He is also expected to join the team on the Western road-trip that begins on Friday in Golden State as the weather is expected to help him even though he will be out another week.
“It helps that we’re going to some warmer cities, so my body could use that as well,” James said Wednesday upon returning to the team after being away.
“It’s difficult for sure, not being with the guys, and me being a team guy, and a camaraderie guy, it was difficult for sure.”
The 30-year-old has missed the past six games and is on course for his longest spell on the sidelines since arriving in the NBA. James conceded that it was a frustrating process but it is likely that he will have to remain patient for a little while longer as the Cavs have targeted next Thursday’s game at the Los Angeles Lakers as a possible return date for him.