On Saturday, LeBron James took it hard from Los Angeles Lakers fans around the world.
That high-voltage play will take time for King, as he struggled in the first half against the Atlanta Hawks.
Here’s a video of LeBron on his ankle: pic.twitter.com/pXDV0YXobF
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In the opening minutes of the second inning, James chose to battle with Solomon Hill for the loose ball. The Hawks went to their knees to get the ball back, but hit James’ right leg in the process, causing his ankle to roll where it shouldn’t have.
Good soldier that he is, James tried to break free and got back into the game, despite the obvious pain. After scoring a three-pointer on the next possession, he returned to the locker room and called it a day.
The initial X-rays were negative, but the Lakers have to tread carefully, especially since their other superstar Anthony Davis is still recovering from his own setback.
This is unfamiliar territory for the four-time NBA MVP, as he has been nearly superhuman his entire career.
He missed just one of the defending champion’s first 42 games this season, but it looks like he will have to watch from the bench for a while.
With the exception of the groin injury he suffered in his first season with the Purple and Gold, LeBron has been fortunate to be free of major injuries, which is another testament to his greatness.
He played numerous times during the 2020-21 season with injuries, with both ankles usually being the biggest culprits. So let’s take another look at when James sprained his ankle this season before getting injured with the Hawks.
Opening day against the Clippers
LeBron James’ ankle misfortune began on the first day of the new season, when the Lakers took delivery of their 2020 championship rings. He sprained his ankle halfway through the game against the Clippers, but held on and managed to finish the game.
After the game, the 36-year-old megastar downplayed the seriousness of the matter and even joked that a glass of wine at home was all he needed.
He decided to play in the Lakers’ next game against the Dallas Mavericks on Christmas Day and looked great.
Lakers vs. Timberwolves
James, who was already struggling with an ankle injury, battled through the discomfort and gave the defending champion a good start in his title defense. In a home game against the Timberwolves, a week after Game 1, James goes for the cup and lands on his left ankle after colliding with Jarred Vanderbilt.
LeBron James held his ankle for a few seconds before standing up himself. Once again, the four-time MVP led his team to a victory.
The games took their toll in January and February.
LeBron James was listed with a sprained left ankle for most of the first month of 2021, but he didn’t miss a game. Yes, that includes back-to-back games.
He had some minor adjustments during the game, but he didn’t let up and played at an MVP level for the Purple and Gold.
LeBron’s ankle never fully healed as he continued to play since February. Again, King lasted a full month, strangely resting only once in the 3rd. March.
frequently asked questions
Did LeBron break his ankle?
Saturday, LeBron James was out with an ankle injury. The injury is especially surprising because he was not looking forward to this month’s All-Star Game, which he said will put an extra burden on players who already had a shortened offseason because of the Covid 19 pandemic.
Is LeBron James injured?
Report: LeBron James of the Lakers could be out for another three to five weeks with an ankle injury. Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is expected to be out for another three to five weeks after suffering a severe right ankle sprain last week.
Is LeBron out for the season?
10 APR. The Lakers announced Saturday that the team has decided not to play James for the rest of the regular season. After consulting with our team doctors and medical staff, we have decided to keep LeBron out for the remainder of the season, the Lakers wrote in an official statement.