Chris Bosh Explains How Lakers’ LeBron James Will Handle His Injury

Published 05/19/2021, 1:00 AM EDT
Mar 16, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) wears a face mask in the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James, prior to this postseason, had been one of the most fortunate players in the league, always dodging injuries. However, in the present day, while the Lakers’ forward’s mind is as young and demanding as any rookie’s, his 36-YO ankle is sore and vulnerable. As a result, there are significant doubts over the level of his upcoming performances.

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The four-time NBA Champion has missed 26 of the last 30 games that forced the franchise into a play-in situation. Now, there is no guarantee that the star will be anywhere near his 100% when he shows up against the Warriors. So what can one expect of the bruised King?

Will LeBron James change his tactical strategy?

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In a recent interview, LeBron James’ former teammate, Chris Bosh, gave a warning signal to the Lakers front office. The 37-YO retired champion cautiously expressed, “Look for him to change his game. You definitely don’t want your best player to have a nagging injury. They tried to be really careful in the last couple of weeks, really the last month of the season. But for him to have a nagging situation where he’s re-aggravated it again, that’s definitely something to be concerned about.” 

LeBron James puts weight on his injured leg as head coach Frank Vogel looks on. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The 2x NBA Champion with the Miami Heat holds Game 7 experience alongside LeBron, so he knows how Bron can quickly shift gears when presented with a high-pressure do-or-die situation. CB4 then revealed how the L-Train is most likely to change his role for the team. 

He confidently added, “Look for him to be more of a facilitator, look for him to get his teammates involved a lot more, and look for him to just kinda pick and choose his spots where he can be aggressive. But he want LeBron James, out of everyone having that problem because he does a tremendous job going around the clock with his treatment schedule. So, we’ll see how it goes. But especially in this one off situation, you got to be a little concerned.”

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How will the Lakers’ offense run?

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Since 1999-2000, this is the first season where the Lakers have finished as the best defensive side in the league. So defense is not their concern, but the offense is, especially when playing against the Warriors’ Steph Curry

Now, Bron does not necessarily have to play above the rim to impact the game. He can be more methodical in his approach and try to spread the court by taking more shots from downtown. And while he does that, it will be on Dennis Schroder and Anthony Davis to keep the scoreboard ticking. Also, one can expect Montrezl Harrell to put on his playoff cape and do just as good as he did at the beginning of the season. 

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All this suggests that the Lakers are still a very dangerous side and LeBron’s toning down on the offense might do little harm to them. 

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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