Frank Vogel Reveals Major News Over LeBron James’ Return From His Abdominal Injury

Published 11/12/2021, 9:59 PM EST
Oct 31, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) drives to the basket past Houston Rockets center Daniel Theis (27) in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers have gone through some serious work in their consecutive overtime wins recently. However, even with the win-streak, the main issue that remains is the return of LeBron James.

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The ‘King’ went down with an abdominal injury after some 4th quarter heroics against the Houston Rockets. Since then, LeBron is yet to suit up for the Lake Show. There were rumors that it could be a long-time injury, but that seems to be false as James’ estimated two-week recovery seems to be going great.

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Prior to their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Frank Vogel spoke about LeBron’s return and had some good news for Lakers.

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LeBron James closer than ever to return

Playing 19 years in the NBA, James has barely had any injury troubles. However, ever since last season, that seems to have changed.

The 4x Champion has already missed six games in the current season because of an ankle injury and then an abdominal strain. But his recovery seems to be going better than expected. This doesn’t come as a surprise with the way LeBron takes care of his body.

Recently, Lakers coach Frank Vogel spoke about his recovery and avoiding the extended stretch. While James won’t be available against the Wolves, Vogel revealed that the ‘King’ is upgraded as day to day.

With James’ dedication towards his health, there is no doubt he is doing everything to get back on the floor. However, even when not on the court, LeBron James has shown his support to the Lakers by coming to games.

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How will the Lakers look after Bron returns?

Prior to their two wins, the Lakers were 1-3 without LeBron. Hence, it is clear that they need the ‘King’ on the floor.

But his return will affect Russell Westbrook, as he won’t be the primary ball handler anymore. Russ has been the facilitator for the last four games which has allowed him to play his way. With LeBron returning, that won’t happen, which could have a negative impact on Westbrook’s attempt to fit in with the team.

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While James is crucial for the Lakers to succeed, Westbrook needs to work things out with him before they step on the court again. Do you think the Lakers ‘Big 3’ can make it work? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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