Frank Vogel Gives Crucial Update on Lakers LeBron James’ Road to Recovery

Published 04/20/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Apr 17, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) looks on from the bench in the second half of the game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers did far better than expected against the Utah Jazz. In their two-game miniseries, they were able to escape with one victory which speaks volumes about their greatness because they pulled that off without their two superstars. Now, good news regarding LeBron James has come knocking, thanks to coach Frank Vogel. This means the purple and gold need to hold out for only a while longer without Bron.

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Is LeBron James easing into his return?

Bron suffered an ankle sprain while playing against the Atlanta Hawks on March 20. Since then, he has been sidelined and has missed 15 games so far. His absence has come with great consequences to the Lakers. A team that was one of the top three in the Western Conference has stumbled down to the fifth spot with a 35-23 record.

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However, they slowly got back to their winning ways when Andre Drummond was added to the roster. Although their victories haven’t been consistent, they have managed to not drop further down in the standings.

Until now, the only updates fans were getting about LeBron James’ return were through the media. The latest update said that Bron was “on track” to make his comeback in three weeks.

And now, with Vogel’s latest update, it has been confirmed that Bron’s return is nearing. As per Mike Trudell, “Frank Vogel said LeBron James is doing “light work” on the court, and “progressing each day,” trying to do a bit more every day.”

Lakers series against the Utah Jazz

The Lakers were able to triumph over the Utah Jazz in their first meeting. But that might have been because the Jazz were under-manned and once some of their key players returned for their second meet-up, the Jazz had a blowout 111-97 victory.

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Apart from Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, Rudy Gobert, and Derrick Favors came back to the line and led the way. However, nobody was expecting the Lakers to even win the first one without AD and LeBron.

Apr 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Utah Jazz guard Joe Ingles (2) moves to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) forward Kyle Kuzma (0) guard Talen Horton-Tucker (5) and center Andre Drummond (2) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The defending champions might be able to hold on to this position but won’t move forward without their two stars. Only when AD and Bron return to the lineup will the defending champions breathe a sigh of relief. Do you think those two can get the Lakers back on track in no time?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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