LeBron James Seemingly Blames Hawks Player For Injuring Him Earlier In the Season

Published 05/17/2021, 3:11 AM EDT
May 2, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball against Toronto Raptors forward Freddie Gillespie (55) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James continues to recover from his ankle injury. In early March, James suffered a major ankle injury against the Atlanta Hawks. The injury was one of the most significant James had suffered in his career. Due to this, he spent a significant amount of time on the sidelines. Upon his return against the Pacers, James looked really good, playing at the same level he had prior to his injury. But he aggravated the injury once again against the Pelicans.

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LeBron James not happy with Hawks star

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James spoke to the press after the game against the Pelicans. He noted that he had been playing the best basketball of his career prior to his injury. James seemingly blamed Hawks player Solomon Hill for hurting him while jumping for a loose ball. However, Bron looked forward and noted that his main goal is still to win another NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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James is clearly frustrated with the recovery process of his ankle injury. He believed that he had recovered fully from the injury, especially after his display against the Pacers. But after the latest setback against the Pelicans, he must be worried about his chances of recovering during the playoffs. The Lakers will have to go through the Golden State Warriors in the play-in game in order to secure the seventh seed in the Western Conference.

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The Los Angeles Lakers will need LeBron James at or close to 100% in order to try to win the NBA title. Anthony Davis has seemingly recovered well from his calf strain and is playing at the same level that he was last season. But without James at his best, the Lakers will have an even tougher road to win the NBA championship once again. James will be careful with his injury, and probably play reduced minutes to try to maximize his impact on the team.

Mar 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is helped up by Los Angeles Lakers guard Wesley Matthews (9) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) after injuring his leg in the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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Can LeBron James lead the Los Angeles Lakers to another NBA title? As of now, there is no news about how severe James’ ankle injury is right now. However, if the Lakers are careful with his injury and use him safely, they will be confident. James’ recovery will be a huge boost for the Lakers.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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