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Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) reacts during the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.(Photo: Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports)

Following a dedicated offseason of training following an NBA Finals loss, LeBron James expressed frustration Wednesday with having what he deemed the “worst training camp” of his career due to a sprained left ankle.

James’ Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a 3-4 start this season, and James has publicly stated he’s been out of shape and that the team chemistry has been off. He was only able to play in one of five preseason games due to the injury, on top of missing practice time.  

“This was probably the worst training camp for me in my career because of the injury,” James told reporters at shootaround ahead of the Cavs’ matchup against the Indiana Pacers. “I didn’t get an opportunity to do the things that I like to do and with the summer that I had, I kind of had a setback.

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“… Training camp has always been like my favorite point in the season, it sounds weird, but to be able to get back into it, get the team going, having that camaraderie, getting back on the floor, getting that system back in place. For me to be in and out and much more out that in and to be able to implement what I do, especially with (eight) new guys, that kind of hurt.”

James and the Cavs had a full team meeting on Tuesday in which players voiced their issues from an unexpectedly bad start.


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