The 2012-13 NBA regular season is officially underway, with the Miami Heat picking up as they left off. Behind 26 points and 10 rebounds from LeBron James, the Heat managed to overcome their rival Boston Celtics by a score of 120-107.
With a 1-0 record and bragging rights established, Heat fans now have something to cheer about in 2013. Unfortunately, they also have a cause for concern.
Or do they?
Despite the quality of his performance, James caused the Miami organization to gasp as they watched "The King" suffer an injury they're all too familiar with. Although weak in severity, James fell victim to the same leg cramps that forced him to be carried off of the floor during Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals (via CBS Sports).
The Heat's official Twitter feed broke the news on what the specific injury was that he had suffered.
Although the injury is nowhere near a surgery requiring ailment, cramps eliminate virtually any chance of a player moving without pain. This is especially important for a player like James, who makes a living by driving the lane and making decisions in traffic.
With this being established, should the Heat be concerned about LeBron James' leg cramps?
Should the Miami Heat be concerned about LeBron James' leg cramps?
Better Now Than Later
If LeBron James is to suffer tightness in his muscles, it is better to experience such pain during the first game of the regular season than during the postseason. After all, James has been working nonstop for nearly an entire calendar year.
From beginning the 2011-12 regular season in early December to the London Olympics in July and August, King James hasn't had much time to rest.
For that reason, it can only be expected that James will experience minor ailments early in the regular season. All this will do is enable the Heat's training staff to work with LeBron and discover what adjustments he needs to make in his preparations to overcome an 82 game grind.
As an optimist, it's better now than later.
Never an Injury-Prone Player
Detractors can say what they may about LeBron James' mental toughness, but he has never been the type of player to miss an extended period of time due to injury. Despite his history of leg cramps, James has never missed more than seven games in any of his nine seasons in the league.
So why fear that cramps will derail the one-of-a-kind physical specimen that we know as LeBron?
If this were a severe injury to an area of his legs, then we'd have more to speak about. At this point, however, James appears to be experiencing the same symptoms that every athlete in the world has faced at some point in their respective careers.
In fact, even the train-riding workers making the trip from New Jersey to New York City know the pain of a cramp while running from station-to-train. So why fear the common?
Worried Over Cramps?
I hate to beat a dead horse, but are we really up in arms over LeBron James suffering leg cramps? Any human being who has walked a long distance or spent too much time on their couch empathize for LeBron's pain.
They also understand how temporary it is and just how quickly one can overcome such an ailment.
Merely utilizing his pre-game stretches to a greater level of efficiency could overcome this hurdle. If not, hydration could be the cure-all.
Regardless of which method James takes to overcome his cramps, there is absolutely no reason for concern in Miami.