Lakers superstar LeBron James is saying "I told you so" amid a series of devastating injuries to key players which has hampered the NBA playoffs.
The NBA legend took to social media on Wednesday to vent his frustration, perhaps prompted by disappointing reports indicating Clippers star Kawhi Leonard suffered a sprained ACL on Monday night, and would likely be out for the remainder of the postseason and perhaps beyond.
In a series of tweets, James claims he cautioned about starting the 2020-21 NBA regular season in late December, barely 10 weeks after his Lakers closed out the Miami Heat in the bubble in early October, but the powers that be "didn't wanna listen."
"I speak for the health of all our players and I hate to see this many injuries this time of the year," James said. "Sorry fans wish you guys were seeing all your fav guys right now."
A handful of the game's top players missed some or all of the playoffs due to injuries, including Jamal Murray, Leonard, Anthony Davis, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving. Warriors star Klay Thompson missed his second consecutive season due to an injury suffered during the preseason, while James himself missed several weeks late in the regular season with a high ankle sprain, although that was a contact injury.
As well, countless players hit the Covid-restricted list throughout the course of the season, some of them missing long stints, and for those with confirmed cases, some needing weeks to get back into playing condition upon their return. On Wednesday, it was reported Suns star Chris Paul was in virus protocols, jeopardizing his status for the Western Conference Finals.
Meanwhile, none of the four teams that reached the conference finals in the bubble -- the Lakers, Nuggets, Heat and Celtics -- advanced beyond the second round this season, perhaps bolstering arguments that the protracted 2019-20 season, which was interrupted for several months due to the pandemic, had destabilized the league's usual rhythms and potentially exposed players to higher risk of injury.
James last year expressed his disapproval at the NBA's historically brief offseason with a "facepalm" emoji posted in response to an ESPN graphic on Instagram.