LeBron James has a general rule: If he can get out of bed, he can play basketball.
That's apparently been tested a bit this season.
James has been dealing with lower back soreness for a couple of weeks, which explains why the NBA's four-time MVP has said multiple times in the early going of this season that he's working his way to 100 percent. He revealed specifics about the issue Thursday night after scoring 18 points to help the Miami Heat top the Los Angeles Clippers, 102-97.
''I've had a history of it, but I always keep a good eye on it so I should be all right,'' James said. ''It ain't a great feeling, I'll tell you that - especially at nighttime when you're trying to sleep.''
James has worn heat packs to keep his back loose at times through Miami's first six games, and this is not the first time that he's dealt with back problems early in a season. He began applying the heat packs after diving for a loose ball in the first quarter of the win over the Clippers, on a play wh...