Powell: 'I don't want to hear LeBron' complain to NBA for rash of playoff injuries


Earlier this week, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James criticized the NBA for the league's record-setting surge in injuries during the playoffs, tweeting on Wednesday that, "They all didn't wanna listen to me" about the condensed 2020-21 season schedule.

Right or wrong, fair or foul, NBA.com writer Shaun Powell isn't too interested in the four-time MVP's thoughts and feelings on the matter.

"First of all, I don't want to hear LeBron," Powell told the Tiki and Tierney show on Friday. "This was a collaboration between the players' union and the NBA to decide when the season starts, how long the season should go, and when the season should end. If LeBron's got a problem, he should take it up with [NBPA president] Chris Paul, take it up with [union chief] Michele Roberts, take it up with his fellow players. Don't bring that to the public -- the public didn't have anything to do with it.

"As far as the rash of injuries, I have a cockamamie theory. Look, I'm not an expert on the human body. But you see a lot of these stars, they're load-managed through the season -- they played like two games a week. All of the sudden, when the playoffs begin, they're playing every other night. [Clippers star] Kawhi Leonard had to play every other night since Mar. 27, and 40-42 minutes, high level... Your body goes from 60 to 100, in terms of the scheduling. And I wonder if load management actually hurt superstars..."

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Leonard -- who recently suffered an ACL injury -- is the eighth All-Star to miss at least one game in these playoffs, establishing a new NBA record. In addition, this season's All-Stars missed 370 of a possible 1,944 games (19-percent), the highest percentage in a season in NBA history.

There were 2,909 games lost due to soft-tissue injuries this regular season, according to data from certified athletic trainer Jeff Stotts that was recently shared with ESPN. It's the second-highest figure Stotts has recorded since he began tracking the data during the 2005-06 season.

The entire NBA conversation between Powell and Tiki and Tierney can be accessed in the audio player above.

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