LeBron James' showed up at his post-Game 4 press conference with a soft cast on his right hand. This was minutes after it had been reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers' star forward suffered a contusion after punching a white board in frustration following the Game 1 overtime defeat.
“I pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand,” James told reporters, noting that the wound was "self inflicted."
Of course, because it's LeBron James and because the Cavaliers lost to the Warriors, there was speculation regarding the injury.
Why are we just finding out about it now? Did LeBron want us to know? Why did he have to show up to his press conference in a cast?
And there were videos like these that added fuel to the speculation fire:
USA TODAY, though, has provided new details on the injury/timing:
The assertion from James’ side, however, is that he only wore the cast because he had already been told that the news was out.
According to a person with knowledge of the situation, James — who was briefed on the latest media reports shortly before coming to the podium — would not have worn the cast if his injury had not already been reported. His teammates and coaches all knew what had happened, and it’s a wonder how it didn’t come out sooner. It’s also unclear if James or his associates would have shared the news at a later time, but there were no plans to pull the curtain back that night. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
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