WATCH: Lakers’ Superstar LeBron James Putting In The Work To Get Back To Full Fitness

Published 04/14/2021, 10:54 PM EDT
Mar 7, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Team LeBron forward LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers (23) is introduced before the 2021 NBA All-Star Game at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


The injury bug has been quite rampant in the NBA this season. Be it the Lakers or the Nets, every team in the NBA is seeing some of their crucial players missing due to injuries. In fact, the champions are seeing two of their superstars in LeBron James and Anthony Davis out with injuries.

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While Davis recovers from niggling calf injuries and tendonosis, LBJ was at the receiving end of a freak high ankle sprain. This was the second major injury he suffered with the Purple & Gold after the groin injury he suffered back in 2019.

LeBron James post workout routine in social media

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While he recovers from the ankle sprain, LBJ has been pretty vocal that he can’t wait to be back on the court. Rarely does ‘the King‘ miss so many regular season games and understandably, he is eager to make his much awaited comeback.

The 4-time NBA champion did excite his fans recently, though. James took to Instagram and posted multiple videos of him putting up reps in the gym.

Lakers’ fans all around the world can’t wait for their talisman to be back in time for the team. He is arguably the most influential in the team, as well as the entire NBA.

Given how the team has started to perform in his absence, it is absolutely scary to imagine how the team will perform once the King and superstar Anthony Davis join the team.

Can LBJ win his fifth ring this season?

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The Lakers made a number of substantial changes to their roster to support James this off-season. While they looked like clear favorites with all these moves, the Nets swept in with bringing in superstar James Harden and a couple of solid veterans in Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge.

Mar 16, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) wears a face mask in the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

While the Nets do look the favorites, the Lakers just proved the defensive nightmare they can be for the Nets. Their juggernaut defense ultimately prevailed over the blistering Nets’ offense even with the absence of both AD and Bron.

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If the Lakers can remain an elite team defensively, they are going to be a problem for multiple teams. Once LBJ and Davis are back, not only their defensive efficiency will remain elite, they will also improve drastically in the offense. Given all of these factors, LeBron James and the Lakers are favorites to retain the championship.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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