Born December 30, 1984, in Akron, Ohio, LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player considered as one of the greatest basketball player of all time and the only player to have won the NBA championship as MVP of three franchises in NBA history. In his seventeen years as a professional basketball player, James have won several accolades including two Olympic gold medals and recorded an all-time playoff points.
In 2018, James joined the Los Angeles Lakers, leading the team to victory in the 2020 championship and got his Fourth Finals MVP Award. Leading the team to consecutive success, James suffered his first major career injury, a groin injury, causing him to temporarily take a break from the game and missed playoffs for the first time since 2005. After recovering from the injury, he was determined to make up for lost time and he transformed his playing style to lead the team to victory yet again by recording the best start of 17 – 2 points in the franchise history.
However, his continuous milestone blazing and series of “firsts” has again been temporarily halted as he sustained an injury, a high ankle sprain when Solomon Hill, Atlanta’s Hawk guard dove for a loose ball and struck James’ right ankle making it the star’s second major career injury. Before the injury, James has only played 43 games for this year and with the severity of the injury, it seems highly unlikely that he would be returning to court.
In an interview, James conceded and voiced everyone’s fear of the ankle injury marking the down spiral of his 18th NBA season and professional career. “It doesn’t matter at the end of the day if I’m not 100 percent or close to 100%,” he shares. However, his continued absence from court continues to affect his team’s performance.
On Thursday, James joined the Lakers for two-game playoff against the Los Angeles Clippers but was soon excused from the court after he complained of soreness and tightness in his right ankle making it a total of 21 games he already missed this season.
Laker’s coach, Frank Vogel admitted that the time was not ideal as the star only had 10 games to get his health to 100%. He continued that the team will make the necessary adjustments for the star’s absense as they prepare for the NBA championship. We want him back as soon as possible, but we also want him back as healthy as possible, that’s the No. 1 goal,” Vogel said of James. Lakers guard Alex Caruso also admitted that James efficiency and experience on the court is an added advantage for the team but the group will still win games with or without hm.
James continues to undergo physical rehabilitation, testing out the strength of hie ankle in practices as he hope to get back on the team soon. Without definitive playmakers like James and Dennis Schroder, who has been sidelined for up to two weeks because of the league’s health and safety protocols, the Lakers’ playing protocol remains shaky.
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