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LeBron James excused from shootaround after cryptic Instagram post

LeBron James has been excused from Tuesday morning’s shootaround but reportedly will play against the Milwaukee Bucks. A Cleveland Cavaliers spokesperson told’s Joe Vardon that James had to attend to a “personal issue.”

While that may indeed be the case — and there’s no reason to suspect otherwise — James missing the shootaround ahead of Tuesday night’s game comes on the heels of James delivering one of his patented cryptic social media posts the previous evening.

James on Monday night took to Instagram to post a meme featuring an image of a clenched fist from the cartoon “Arthur,” which is routinely used to articulate extreme frustration.


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James’ post came about the same time Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks, a team the reeling Cavaliers had just lost to on Sunday.

The Celtics have been red-hot with Irving taking the lead amid the devastating, season-ending injury to Gordon Hayward. The Celtics (9-2) have won nine straight while the Cavaliers (4-6) have lost five of their past six games. All this of course follows Irving’s offseason trade demand that many believe stemmed from his desire to escape James’ imposing shadow.

James, as noted, has made cryptic social media dispatches something of an art form. His Instagram dispatch Monday night could have had something to do with Irving, nothing to do with Irving or it could have been James orchestrating it all for his own amusement.

That said, amid all the speculation — not to mention just prior to James being excused from Cavs shootaround — the superstar issued the following tweet Tuesday morning.

It goes without saying that James’ latest tweet will usher in another round of armchair psychologists attempting to interpret the exact meaning of the social media musing.