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James Johnson admits he played against trainer’s advice, suffers setback

James Johnson

Miami Heat forward James Johnson surprised many when he returned ahead of schedule, after being diagnosed with bursitis early last week. Initially slated to miss seven to 10 days, he already saw action again on Saturday versus the New Orleans Pelicans.

Not only did the team lose on the night though, but it has also been reported that the 30-year-old Wake Forest product suffered another setback, and will be placed on the shelf again. Johnson also revealed recently, via Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post, that he went against their trainer’s advice, which did not work well for him.

“I really thought I could go, despite the pain or despite (Jay Sabol) being a great trainer, not wanting me to go,” Johnson said. “But that’s the kind of guy I am. But we were down some men and I wanted to do my best.”

Johnson may have had only his team’s best interest in mind, especially already being shorthanded with some of his teammates also injured, but he will now affect the Heat negatively if he will miss more time than initially thought of due to his ailment. Being the veteran that he is, it is understandable if their fans expected more from him as he is relied upon for his versatility on the court.

It is still unclear when he’ll be able to fully heal and see action again for his team. However, one thing that’s certain is he will be missed by his teammates, as he has the ability to play both forward positions and can hold his own inside the paint for rebounds. If there’s any good news for the Heat, they just welcomed Hassan Whiteside back on Tuesday, which is a huge boost to their depleted frontcourt.