The Lakers finally, officially acknowledged LeBron James‘ foot issues Thursday. They didn’t release many details, but what they did release suggests that LeBron will miss more than half of the Lakers’ remaining games.
LeBron will be re-evaluated in three weeks due to a foot tendon issue suffered against the Mavericks last weekend — LeBron said on the court he heard it “pop.” At this time there are no plans for surgery.
LeBron James has been evaluated by Lakers team physicians and medical staff, and it has been determined that he has sustained a right foot tendon injury. James will be reevaluated in approximately three weeks.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 2, 2023
If LeBron is out for just three weeks from the announcement, he will miss 10 of the Lakers’ remaining 19 games (eight of those 10 are at home). Re-evaluated means he could be out longer, and it has been reported the Lakers standing in the playoff chase at that time could play a role in if and when LeBron does get back on the court this season. LeBron said All-Star weekend he did not want to miss the playoffs again.
The Lakers are 6-10 in games LeBron misses this season. It doesn’t help that D'Angelo Russell also is out right now (sprained ankle), although the Lakers beat the Thunder Wednesday without those two or Anthony Davis.
Los Angeles (30-33) sits just one game back of the No. 10 seed and the final play-in spot in the West. While optimistic Lakers fans will point out they are just 2.5 games out of the No. 6 seed in the West and avoiding the play-in altogether, that was a longshot before LeBron was injured. Now the focus is just making the play-in, and the good news is the Lakers have a relatively easy schedule the rest of the way.
LeBron is playing at an All-NBA level this season, averaging 29.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game.