Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James refutes latest injury report: ‘I speak for myself’ | NBA News
LeBron James refuted reports that he timed his return from a right ankle injury before the end of the regular season; The LA Lakers star took to Twitter to deny claims there was a timeline for his recovery
11:41, UK, Friday 24 March 2023
LeBron James has slammed reports that a target date has been set for returning to action after suffering an ankle injury in February.
The Los Angeles Lakers star has not played since his injury against Dallas and various reports have suggested he could return before the end of the regular season.
However, James hit back at those claims on Twitter on Thursday, saying: “There was no rating today and there was no target date for my return. I’m just working 24/7 (three times a day) every day to give myself the best chance of coming back full force whenever that is the case. God bless you sources. I speak for myself!”
ESPN was the first to report that barring serious problems with his rehabilitation, James was hoping to return for the final few games of the season.
TNT And the athlete then Chris Haynes and Shams Charania followed suit.
The Lakers talisman sat on the sidelines, nursing a tendon injury he sustained in the 111-108 win over the Mavericks in late February. James landed awkwardly on it after attempting a layup and, grimacing on the ground, commented that he “heard it pop”.
James finished the quarter to his own detriment unbeknownst to trainer Darvin Ham and was seen limping through the dressing room. He was later pictured donning a medical boot on the same foot.
Since then, the Lakers have fought for a chance to enter the Play-In tournament without him, and in his absence, went a 7-6 record, with Anthony Davis and Austin Reaves reinforced to take offense.
While the former has improved admirably, averaging 26.3 points per game, the latter has quickly become a fan favourite, praised even by James himself.
But as the postseason approaches, the Lakers won’t want to navigate playoff territory without their big man. They currently sit ninth in the Western Conference with the New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder breathing down their necks.
With six games remaining in the regular season before finals are calculated, if this franchise is to offer James a shot at another league title then it will depend on his fitness and health in the week ahead.