“League Is Not Ready”: Lakers Fans Go Crazy as Major Injury News Finally Shows Good Things Are Coming for LeBron James

Published 01/20/2023, 6:02 PM EST
Dec 25, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (left) and Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd (center) and forward LeBron James (right) talk after the Mavericks defeat the Lakers at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a sub-par season for the Los Angeles Lakers. While there have been sparks of brilliance, they sit 13th in the West ahead of a matchup against Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies. Ever since Anthony Davis‘ injury, LeBron James has been carrying most of the burden for the team. However, that might reduce as major injury update has given them a reason to be optimistic.

Davis has missed the last 17 games since picking up an injury against the Denver Nuggets on December 16th. The Lakers have sorely missed the 8x NBA All-Star. The latest update on Davis will come as good news though. AD is expected to return by next week and there is hope he will be available for the entirety of their upcoming 5-game road trip.

The Lakers have gone 8-9 in Davis’ absence and they’ll be hoping that his return pushes them up the table. Fans were excited by the news and they let their feelings known on social media.

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Anthony Davis’ return excites Lakers fans

While there has been little to celebrate this season for Lakers fans, Davis’ return might boost their morale. They expressed their delight at the positive update on Twitter:

Davis was having an MVP-caliber season before his unfortunate injury. He was averaging 27.4 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.3 steals, and 2.1 blocks per game on 59.4 percent shooting from the field.

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Both AD and the Lakers will be hoping to build some momentum heading into the All-Star break.

LeBron James has kept the Lakers’ hopes alive

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While the Lakers still sit 2 games away from the Play-In spot, things might have been worse if not for their talisman, LeBron James. The 4x NBA champion has been on a tear since turning 38 at the end of last year. He’s been averaging 36.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 8.6 assists in the 8 games since then.

Jan 12, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) shoots against Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during overtime at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers need wins and Davis’ return couldn’t have come sooner. The aim will now be to build momentum and pick up some wins on the way.

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Pragya Vashisth

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Pragya is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed Masters in Sports Management from the International Institute of Sports Management, Mumbai, he has been a passionate fan of the NBA since 2010. Pragya is a massive supporter of LeBron James and just wants to enjoy the twilight years of his Hall of Fame career.

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