Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Ailing James Might Miss Cavaliers' Opener

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Ailing James Might Miss Cavaliers' Opener

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Ankle injury could keep James out of Cavs' opener

Forward LeBron James won't play again this preseason and there's a chance he'll miss Cleveland's hyped regular-season NBA opener, on Tuesday against Boston. James didn't practice Wednesday, a day after he made his exhibition debut. He has been slowed since suffering a sprained left ankle on Sept. 27. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said the four-time MVP is sore and has been ruled out of Cleveland's final tune-up game, Friday night in Orlando.

As for James' status for the game next week against the Celtics and former Cavs All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, Lue was non-committal.

"Not sure," he said. "Got treatment all day today, so I'm not sure if we should be concerned or not. But it's pretty sore today so we'll just see what happens."

Lue said James is upset that his ankle is still an issue.

James did not speak to reporters following Wednesday's practice. He aggravated his ankle Tuesday night against Chicago as the Cavs unveiled a new starting lineup featuring James, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder and Kevin Love. James scored 17 points and had eight turnovers as his team lost. There were few sparkling moments as the group was mostly out of sync.

Lue said J.R. Smith will rejoin the starting lineup while James is out and guard Jose Calderon will enter the rotation. (AP)

NFL counters Trump tweet * As the NFL and players ponder their next moves in the national controversy over player actions during the national anthem, President Donald Trump had the issue on his mind again Wednesday morning, offering up a tweet that the NFL quickly rebutted.

"It is about time that (commissioner) Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem," he tweeted. "RESPECT OUR COUNTRY."

The NFL disputed that characterization: "Commentary this morning about the Commissioner's position on the Anthem is not accurate. As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. …

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