‘Not Going to Get a Lot Better’: NBA Insider Gives Grim News About LeBron James’ Ankle

Published 05/10/2021, 1:30 AM EDT
Mar 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) puts weight on his injured leg as head coach Frank Vogel looks on during the second quarter at Staples Center. James was injured when an Atlanta Hawks player fell on his leg going for a loose ball. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The Lakers have been a box full of surprises ever since they had LeBron James injured. In the past one month, they’ve defeated the likes of the Suns, Nuggets, Jazz, and Nets but lost heavily against the on-paper inferior teams. 

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As of now, the Lake Show is 38-30, sitting just 0.5 games behind the Blazers who are enjoying the safety net of being in the top six. Evidently, the road ahead is full of obstacles if Bron’s recovery does not take a magical turn. Why demanding that miracle? That’s because an NBA insider’s recent words hinted at the same need. 

Adrian Wojnarowski gave a fresh LeBron James injury update

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Lakers injured forward LeBron James during the game against the Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Celebrated sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski recently sat down to discuss the potential postseason clashes. He picked up the Lakers and showed a rather grim picture on his evaluation of LeBron James’ return.

The 52-YO reporter expressed, “The concern for the Lakers right now, that right ankle of LeBron James that kept him out for six weeks, has put him out again. This is not going to get a lot better. He’s going to have to play with discomfort in the postseason. It’s not going to be till the summer. So, there’s an even greater load on Anthony Davis here.”

Although the injury report suggests that the Akron Hammer can return against either the Knicks or the Rockets, nothing is certain. In fact, Frank Vogel must think it through before endangering Bron because his 2-game stint went in vain and the Lakers will need him healthier for the play-ins. 

Just as Woj added, “How effective LeBron James can be? When he was back for those two games last week… difficulty, exploding off that ankle, and making hard cuts. So he’s taking more time away from it now. But Jalen’s right, they’re gonna need him playing at optimum level to beat this Utah Jazz.”

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Can the Lakers bouncing back against the Suns help?

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Well, this 123-110 win over the Suns on Sunday night will certainly help the Lakers in two ways. One, they can regain the lost confidence because they could defeat a #2 team without LeBron, Dennis Schroder, and Kyle Kuzma. Two, this will help them eye the #6 rank and not rush Bron’s return to make that happen.

Even better, Anthony Davis’ 42-point double-double night further showed that the big-man can lead the team from the front. Alex Caruso also proved to be a very efficient starting option, and the bench, headed by Montrezl Harrell, saw an increasing contribution from Ben McLemore. All-in-all, the Lakers will gain immense confidence out of this game because the Suns are their potential first-round rivals. 

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Can the Lakers win the upcoming games and take up #6? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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