'Didn't wanna listen': LeBron James takes savage swipe at NBA

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LeBron James, pictured here in action for the LA Lakers in the NBA.
LeBron James has savaged the NBA for leaving such a short break between the 2020 and 2021 seasons, amid a spate of injuries in the playoffs. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

LeBron James has taken the NBA to task over the latest injury crisis to strike the league, claiming his suggestion to start the season later was brushed aside.

The Lakers superstar took to Twitter to criticise the NBA after Los Angeles Clippers gun Kawhi Leonard was revealed to have an ACL injury.

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The Leonard news came soon after it was revealed Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul would be forced into the league's coronavirus protocols and would be out indefinitely - further disrupting the playoffs.

A raft of injuries have marred the playoffs, with the Lakers' Anthony Davis and Brooklyn's James Harden headlining a list of All-Stars to miss games in the post-season due to injury.

James took to Twitter to offer an angry "I Told You So" to the league, blaming the increase in injuries on the shortest off-season ever, which has been followed by a compressed schedule for the 2020-21 campaign.

"They all didn't wanna listen to me about the start of the season," James tweeted. 

"I knew exactly what would happen. I only wanted to protect the well being of the players which ultimately is the PRODUCT & BENEFIT of OUR GAME! These injuries isn’t just “PART OF THE GAME”."

Instead, James said, the injuries were due to the "lack of rest" before play restarted in December — just 72 days after the Lakers locked up the title with a victory over the Miami Heat in the quarantine bubble in Orlando, Florida.

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LeBron James blasts NBA after Kawhi Leonard injury

Leonard was ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Utah Jazz with a sprained right knee, suffered during the Clippers' series-levelling win in game four on monday.

US media reports said Leonard could miss the remainder of the series, although the Clippers said there was "no timetable" for the two-time NBA champion's return.

Leonard joins a phalanx of players who have been affected by injury in the playoffs, including James himself and teammate Anthony Davis — who suffered a groin strain during the Lakers' first-round series loss to the Phoenix Suns.

Kawhi Leonard, pictured here in action in the NBA.
Clippers star Kawhi Leonard has an injured ACL. (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

Brooklyn's Kyrie Irving is set to miss a second straight game of the Nets' second-round series against Milwaukee after teammate James Harden missed three straight contests.

The Philadelphia 76ers have coped with injuries that sidelined Joel Embiid, while Utah has dealt with injuries to Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley.

James noted that eight, possibly nine All-Star players have missed playoff games.

"This is the best time of the year for our league and fans but missing a ton of our fav players," he tweeted. "It’s insane."

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