LeBron still not practicing; status for opener unclear

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(AP) — LeBron James has not been medically cleared to practice because of his back and he says it’s not certain he will play in the season opener.

James has not practiced since receiving an anti-inflammatory injection Oct. 13. He has been limited to shooting and individual drills. The Cavs open Tuesday night in Chicago, and James says he’ll play if “everything goes right.”

The four-time MVP said Friday he is listening to the team’s medical staff and “not be hardheaded.” James received a similar anti-inflammatory shot early last season.

General manager David Griffin expects James to play in the opener, but “if something happens and he doesn’t, it’s not going to be the end of the world.”

James is entering his 13th NBA season and has logged nearly 44,000 minutes in the regular season during his career.

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