LeBron James Feeling Better, But Lakers Prepared For Extended Absence

Photo: Instagram/LeBron James 

LeBron James has been out of action for two weeks due to a right foot injury, and there's a mixed update on his condition.

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, James is feeling a lot better and has been spotted shooting free throws for the first time since his injury.

However, there is no definitive timeline for his return, and he is expected to be out for a while longer.

Photo: Instagram/LeBron James 

The Lakers believe that he will need a significant portion of the remaining season to get back into playing shape.

James will be reassessed in ten days, but he is anticipated to be out for a longer period.

Despite James' absence, the Lakers have been playing well since the All-Star break, with a 6-5 record.

They have managed to climb up to the tenth seed in the Western Conference, which will put them in contention for the playoffs.

However, the team understands that James' health is more important than their playoff position.

In 2021, the team experienced a similar situation when James returned from injury with only two games remaining in the regular season and struggled in a first-round loss to the Phoenix Suns.

The Lakers are hoping to have James back in the lineup as soon as possible, but they are willing to give him the time he needs to recover fully.

They are optimistic that he will return to full strength in time for the play-in round.

Although the Lakers would prefer to finish higher in the standings, they recognize that James' health takes precedence.

If they rush him back too soon, it could jeopardize his recovery and their chances of winning a championship.

Therefore, the team will remain patient and allow him to take as much time as necessary to heal.

In the meantime, the Lakers will continue to rely on their remaining roster to keep them in playoff contention.

The team gained a critical tiebreaker over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, making it easier for them to secure a top-10 seed in the Western Conference.

While they still have work to do, they believe that they can compete for a championship when James is back in the lineup.

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Source: CBS Sports
 

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