LeBRON had benign growth removed from his mouth

Apr 23, 2007
[h2]LeBron has procedure[/h2]

By Chris Broussard
ESPN The Magazine

LeBron James was playing with a health issue throughthe end of the season and the playoffs that has now been taken care of.



The Cleveland Cavaliers star underwent successful surgery onTuesday at Cleveland Clinic to remove a benign growth in his mouth, the team said. Specifically, Dr. Frank Papay performed a five-hour procedure on James'parotid gland, which produces saliva. Surgery for such conditions often takes time because of the numerous nerves and blood vessels in that area of thejaw.

The procedure was first reported by ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard.

The Cavaliers released a statement saying doctors were "pleased with the outcome of the procedure, and at this time, are confident that no furthertreatment will be needed as LeBron is expected to make a full and complete recovery."

James and his family have been aware of this medical issue for several months but, with the clearance of the treating doctors and medical staff, decided towait until the conclusion of the Cavaliers season to undergo the procedure.

James is recovering comfortably at the Cleveland Clinic and will soon be returning home.

The 24-year-old James was the league MVP this season after leading the Cavs to 66 regular-seasons wins and their second Central Division title. He averaged38.5 points, 8.3 assists and 8.0 rebounds in Cleveland's series against the Magic, who won in six games.

James caused a minor controversy after Game 6 for not shaking hands with Orlando's players and skipping the postgame news conference.
ChrisBroussard covers the NBA for ESPN The Magazine. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

im not you

May 29, 2009
So that's why his jaw was all *%*+@% up...I had been wondering about that for a minute.
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