“Don’t Think I’ll Get Back to 100% In My Career”: LeBron James Makes Shocking Revelation on His NBA Return; Anthony Davis Disagrees

Published 05/01/2021, 3:05 AM EDT
Mar 2, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts against the Phoenix Suns during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James made his much-awaited NBA comeback against Sacramento Kings tonight. However, the Lakes lost for the second time in a row even with his presence on the court. Although, the game does not hold much significance in comparison to the astonishing claim he made in the aftermath.

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“Getting back to 100 percent is impossible. I don’t think I’ll get back to 100 percent in my career,” LeBron said, shocking reporters in the post-game presser.

The 20-game gap between his injury and return is the longest injury period of his illustrious career. He’s never been ruled for 40 days like he was before lacing up his boots again tonight. But this terrible to hear LeBron say this, as he also felt “tightness” in his ankle all throughout the game.

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Apr 22, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured forward LeBron James (23) yells during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

“It was horrible, honestly, for me. I was more stressful than I’ve ever been,” said LeBron, elaborating more on his return, which ended in a 106-110 defeat for Los Angeles Lakers.

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He finished the game with 16 points, 7 assists, and 8 rebounds. He shot 50% from the floor, but a poor 20% from the three-point line. After the game, he also voiced his displeasure regarding the general scheduling this season by the league, which has caused a plethora of soft tissue injuries –

“It’s been a hell of a season. Everything feels so rushed. There’s a game every other day or a game back-to-back. You can have as many as four or five games in a week. It’s been a long, super quick season. How much can we make out of these 9 games? I’m not sure.”

Anthony Davis admits LeBron James “wasn’t himself”

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Anthony Davis himself made his NBA return against Dallas Mavericks barely a week ago. He is yet to be on top of his game, yet. With regards to his partner-in-crime, LeBron James, he admitted that he is far away from being 100%, as of now –

“He looked good. Obviously, he wasn’t himself. I’m sure he told you guys that.”

Los Angeles, CA, Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) talk during a break in the action against the Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

These are desperate times for the Lakers. Their chances of defending their NBA crown, surely, look bleaker by the day.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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