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LeBron James says his back feels better than it did a year ago

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The Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2015-16 NBA campaign got off to an inauspicious start even before the beginning of the regular season when it was confirmed during training camp that LeBron James received an anti-inflammatory injection in his back, the third such treatment in 10 months.

But James was nevertheless was on the court for the Cavs’ season opener and has performed at a high level while leading the team to an Eastern Conference-best 11-3 record. Even better, the superstar insists his back feels better now than it did one year ago.

“I feel better in the mornings; I feel better throughout the games; I feel better throughout the day,” James said before a Cavs shootaround Wednesday ahead of a tilt against the Toronto Raptors, via ESPN. “It was a rough start to the season for me last year and for our team. Obviously the way we’ve been playing, a lot is predicated on my health and being able to lead these guys out on the floor and not from the sidelines.”

As James noted, the Cavaliers struggled early on last season, starting off with a 5-7 record that arguably had as much to do with the players on the roster familiarizing themselves with playing with James as it did the star’s wonky back. His aches and pains did ultimately lead him to taking a two-week hiatus in late-December/early-January.

Statistics from the Elias Sports Bureau cited in an ESPN report seem to point to James feeling better, specifically concerning how he’s playing about the rim more often and posting up down in the paint with more frequency.

James stated early on this season that he plans to play in all 82 games this season. While his health at this point in the season is encouraging, it will nevertheless be difficult for him to accomplish that remarkable feat.