LeBron James survives his accident with Hills
LeBron James believes he will recover before Friday night when Miami Heat pays a visit to Detroit. Although, the Heat star is still feeling the heat of the collision with Phoenix’s Grant Hill, James reckons he will be ready for the Pistons.
In an interview to The Associated Press on Wednesday, just a day after crashing into Hill during Heat’s win over Suns, James stated that he making a slow recovery but would be available for the Friday night game.
The accident occurred when James was on defense and running to block a play. Apparently, James was unable to see Hill, who was trying to set a screen for his teammate. Both players fell down to the court like a ton of bricks, and James stayed there for nearly two minutes before he was helped back to his feet.
“I feel good,” James said. “I've been better. I'll be better by Friday. But I've been better.”
James was found at a Miami Heat Charitable Fund event, which was being attended by all 15 players, executives and the club owner Micky Arison. It also included team president Pat Riley, CEO Nick Arison, head coach Erik Spoelstra and some family members.
James arrived at the scene with his usual grin and fiancee Savannah Brinson. The Cleveland prodigy seemed to be in mood for chatting because he talked about everything, from the NCAA tournament to Tim Tebow’s future with the New York Jets.
“It's a fun night,” James declared.
James took two hard blows in Tuesday’s win over Suns. The first came in the first quarter, when James banged his right elbow. The following was the spectacular one which occurred in the final seconds of the fourth quarter and saw James fall back with his head in hands when he attempted to walk again.
Eventually, a timeout was called as teammates and coach helped James to the bench. Meanwhile, Hills was relieved to have exited from the incident relatively unscathed. Hills was included in Phoenix’s lineup for their visit to Orlando.
Heat’s guard Dwyane Wade admitted there was a lot of concern for James after the injury. Wade said that James was down on the court for so long that it made us all worried.
“Not that long,” Wade said. “When he was still down, I knew it was something. It was a good hit. But he's fine. He's good. He wasn't out of it. He just got hit pretty good.”
James is expected to return for practice on Thursday.