‘Superheroes Until the Injuries Start’ – Former Teammate Says LeBron James is Telling the Truth About his Fitness

Published 05/23/2021, 6:16 AM EDT
May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson (95) plead their case to referee Josh Tiven (58) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James is coming off a significant ankle injury. He went down with a high ankle sprain during a game against the Atlanta Hawks. The injury ended up becoming the most severe of LeBron James’ career. However, James made his return during the final week of the regular season and looked good. He has slowly gotten better with time and showed that he still has a lot of game left in him.

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Former teammate on LeBron James’ injury history

Former NBA star Darius Miles spoke about LeBron James saying he doesn’t think he will be fully healthy ever again. Miles, who briefly played with LeBron James in his rookie year, said that James was correct in his statement. Every player thinks they can play forever until a serious injury impacts their body. James has been a superstar for a long time, but as age catches up, his injuries will take more of a toll on him.

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“I think that’s true. We all believe we are superheroes until the injuries start getting on us and you start slowing down a little bit. I think he’s just speaking the truth.”

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James has been playing in the NBA for almost 20 years now. And during his career, he rarely suffered any injury setbacks. His first season with the Los Angeles Lakers was when he first experienced a significant injury. James suffered a groin injury that kept him away from the team for a long stretch. His injury led to the Lakers missing the playoffs, and James missed the post-season for the first time in more than a decade.

LeBron trying to find his form

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This season, James’ ankle injury kept him out for an even longer stretch of time. James was out for almost two months with a high ankle sprain. And since his return, James hasn’t looked like he’s fully healthy. Clearly, James is prioritizing the post-season and will try to regain his health going forward. However, there are concerns about his health and a potential injury setback during the post-season.

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 an NBA title this season? As the seventh seed, the Los Angeles Lakers have the disadvantage of playing without home-court advantage for almost the entire off-season. Furthermore, the Lakers have to defeat some of the best teams in the NBA in order to even reach the finals, like the Suns, the Jazz, and the Nuggets.

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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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