‘Sharp Pain’: NBA Insider Doubts a Quick LeBron James Return for Valid Reasons

Published 05/05/2021, 9:38 PM EDT
Apr 13, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James points to the court during the fourth quarter between the Charlotte Hornets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Spectrum Center. The Los Angeles Lakers won 101-93. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports


The WC is now a war zone, as three teams are locked in with similar numbers. Needless to say, they are fighting to stay away from the notorious play-in. One of these teams, surprisingly, is the Lakers, playing shorthanded after LeBron James re-injured himself. 

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The Lakers, more than any other side, wouldn’t want to play one or two extra games given their fitness issues. So, it is important for them to win more than they lose in the remaining games. But if a fresh update hints that LeBron is not coming back anytime soon, where does that put the Lake Show?

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In a recent interview with Rachel Nichols, NBA insider Dave McMenamin gave the latest update on LeBron James. He hinted towards a delayed return and also expressed shock over Bron rushing his comeback for the not-so-important Kings game last week. 

The reporter quoted his source that said, “We’re focusing on the big picture right now.” Further, Dave added his personal analysis and expressed, “So does big picture mean two more games missed? I’m not sure. And one thing we know from reporting last week was, when LeBron came back, no one expected him to come back. The King’s game wasn’t, like circled on the calendar. In fact, a source had told me he was looking at Monday’s game against Denver or the game against Clippers. So LeBron felt good, he sped up the timeline…”

Had the Lakers played smartly, just as the Nets do, they must’ve kept Bron for the bigger games. Unfortunately, they wore down his sore ankle by playing him 60 minutes in two games. 

LeBron James reacts from the bench against the Raptors at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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How damaging can his absence be?

In his 18-year long career, King James’ only big injuries have come with the Lakers. First, he strained his groin in 2018 and now, it’s his right ankle that’s bothering.

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He has missed at least 24 games due to these injuries. Citing that, Dave added, 

don’t know how you couldn’t call it a setback coz LeBron said that he had sharp pain for the first time, that he hadn’t experienced it any time during his ramp up. But, right now, whatever happens in these next two weeks mean nothing compared to what could happen in the playoffs. So he is clearly prioritizing using every bit of time he can, to get even better.”

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Now, the last thing the Lakers would want is to meet the Clippers or even the Suns in the first round. In fact, their table-topping opponents will also not want that. So, it’s an interesting and tricky situation from here on, with Bron’s return seemingly far.

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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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