Cleveland forward LeBron James has apologised to Ellie Day after a court-side collision during Thursday’s win over Oklahoma City.
Day was sitting front-row with her husband, Australian golfer Jason, when James dived for a loose ball with three minutes remaining in the 104-100 win over the Thunder.
James saved the ball from going out-of-bounds, but crashed head-first into Day, who remained on the side-line for a few minutes while receiving medical attention.
She was fitted with a brace around her neck and head while being removed from the arena on a stretcher and was taken to hospital in an ambulance accompanied by her husband.
“Ellie Day I hope you’re doing okay! My apologies! Hope u guys come back to another game soon. Love LJ!” James stated on social media.
James said he had been told her condition had improved.
“The guys told us she’s doing great now,” James said. I was going for a loose ball trying to keep the possession going and I hate that was the end result of it. Obviously her health is very important.”
The clash tempered a triumphant night for James, who scored 33 points, passed for 11 assists and grabbed nine rebounds as the Cavaliers ended the Thunder’s six-game winning streak.
Despite the collision with Ellie Day, James said he felt the courtside seats were “a great experience” for fans.
“I mean that doesn’t happen much. It’s unfortunate it happened tonight but that doesn’t happen much.
“Our fans are why our game is so great. Sitting courtside, it’s all part of the game. It’s pretty cool. If I was a fan, which I am a fan of the game but I would love to sit courtside and watch games.”