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LeBron James Opens Up About Ankle Injury: A Closer Look

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LeBron James, the legendary basketball icon, recently made headlines during the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Sacramento Kings. In a dramatic turn of events, James was forced to exit the game due to a lingering left ankle injury. Let’s delve into the details of this pivotal moment and what it means for the Lakers’ playoff hopes.

The Injury and LeBron James’ Response

During the Lakers’ 130-120 loss to the Kings at Crypto.com Arena, LeBron James left the court with just 3 minutes and 56 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The pain from his ankle flared up, prompting him to seek medical attention. Despite his impressive performance—scoring 31 points and dishing out 13 assists in 36 minutes—James downplayed the severity of the injury.

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“It’s just my ankle, what I’ve been dealing with before the break, after the break. I’m just managing the best that I can,” James said postgame, acknowledging the persistent nature of the injury.

“In some games, it’s better than others. I didn’t feel it at all versus OKC, and I didn’t feel it at all until the fourth quarter tonight. So each game is different,” James explained.

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The Lingering Ankle Issue

LeBron James has been managing this ankle injury for months. Officially listed as “left ankle peroneal tendinopathy,” it’s a wear-and-tear soreness affecting the tendon on the outer foot/ankle.

The 39-year-old superstar has missed nine games this season due to this persistent ailment. Some days, the discomfort is more pronounced, while other days, he barely feels it. Against the Oklahoma City Thunder, he played without any hindrance, but against the Kings, it resurfaced in the fourth quarter1.

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LeBron’s Remarkable Season

Despite the injury setbacks, LeBron James continues to defy age and expectations. In his 21st NBA season, he averages an impressive 25.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game. His shooting splits—.527 from the field, .407 from beyond the arc, and .732 from the free-throw line—highlight his enduring excellence. Recently, he became the first player in NBA history to reach 40,000 regular-season points, cementing his legacy as one of the greatest ever1.

Playoff Implications

The Lakers’ loss to the Kings dropped them to the No. 10 seed in the Western Conference. With a 34-30 record, they now trail the Phoenix Suns by three games for the No. 6 spot. The road ahead won’t be easy, as they face tough opponents like the Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Kings (again), and the Golden State Warriors. LeBron’s health will be crucial as the Lakers fight for a playoff berth.

LeBron James, the ageless wonder, remains undeterred by injuries. His commitment to the game and his team is unwavering. As Lakers fans hold their breath, hoping for a healthy LeBron, the NBA world watches closely. Whether he’s dropping dimes or soaring for a dunk, James continues to inspire and amaze. The ankle injury may slow him down momentarily, but don’t count him out—the King always finds a way to rise again1.

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Bishal Roy
Bishal Roy
Bishal has been working with several renowned publications and has generated sports content for 3+ years. He expresses insightful opinions and analysis having the expertise in writing sports news articles. He has been mainly covering US sports such as NFL, NBA, MLB and more for the website. He also writes for SportsIndiaShow and MMA India. When not writing, he will binge-watch web series.
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