LeBron James Battled Through Torn Foot Tendon, Potential Surgery Looms, Reports Say

Photo: Instagram/LeBron James

According to a report by Shams Charania, Los Angeles Lakers' superstar LeBron James played through a torn tendon in his right foot during the recent season and may require surgery in the offseason.

The severity of the injury will be assessed in the coming days, and if a surgical procedure is deemed necessary, it could sideline him for approximately two months. The initial injury occurred on February 26 during a regular season game against the Dallas Mavericks, where James audibly mentioned hearing a popping sound.

Consequently, he missed the Lakers' next 13 games after playing through the remainder of that particular game. Upon his return on March 26, James revealed that multiple doctors had initially recommended season-ending surgery.

Photo: Instagram/LeBron James

However, he managed to find a specialist who aided his recovery, allowing him to play in all subsequent games for the Lakers. Despite his efforts, the Lakers were eliminated in the Western Conference finals by the Denver Nuggets in a series where James averaged impressive statistics of 27.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 10 assists per game.

Following the conclusion of Game 4, James admitted that the foot injury affected his performance and expressed his intention to undergo an MRI to determine the next steps in his treatment.

In an interview with ESPN, James acknowledged the challenges he faced due to the injury but remained determined to push through. He mentioned scheduling an MRI to evaluate the healing progress of the tendon and make decisions accordingly.

While the possibility of retirement was mentioned during a press conference after Game 4, it is widely anticipated that James will continue his basketball career. According to Charania, insider sources do not expect him to retire.

Regardless of whether surgery is required, James is expected to be ready for the start of the next season, affirming his commitment to the game and his team.

The upcoming evaluation will provide crucial insights into the extent of his injury and the necessary course of action to ensure a full recovery and his return to the court.

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Source: CBS Sports


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