James twisted his ankle during last game while wearing a new style of sneaker, the latest model in his sponsor’s line that he unveiled for the playoffs: Nike Zoom Soldier. He’s not thinking of switching sneakers, and can only wonder what would have happened had he been wearing the shoes of a rival company…
I probably would have broken my ankle.
Cavs athletic trainer Max Benton said James suffered a grade 2 ankle sprain. By definition, it means that James partially tore a ligament in the ankle, but it is considered moderate in nature. The team cautiously listed him as day-to-day, but James killed the suspense.
If we had a game to play today [Monday], I definitely would play, so I’m headed in the right direction. It’s what I expected, soreness and stiffness. It isn’t as bad as some of the other sprains I’ve had before.
James missed games to sprains in both ankles in each of his first three seasons but not this season. Still, he turned ankles a number of times this season, and the twist Sunday seemed to be perhaps the most severe in a while.
It didn’t look too good, and it didn’t feel too good. I was finally 100 percent, then I turned my ankle, so now I’m back down to 80.