NBA insider: LeBron James is not close to returning
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ESPN's Brian Windhorst is reporting that LeBron James "is not close to returning." In early March, James suffered a tendon injury in his right foot during the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks game. The initial reports said James would be re-evaluated in three weeks.
James is close to being re-evaluated but that doesn't mean that he will be returning to action as soon as the re-evaluation is being done. "LeBron is not close to returning from what I am told. I know that everybody said the three weeks but I think it was very clear.
Three weeks is when he’s going to get an official re-evaluation, it didn’t mean he is coming back in three weeks. I know that LeBron has played through injuries in the past. I’m not 100 percent sure this is an injury you can play through," Windhorst reported, per Hoops Hype.
James was determined to do well in the rest of the regular season
The Lakers entered the All-Star break outside the play-in spots. Just before the league resumed, James said he was determined to lead the Lakers to wins and a playoff spot.
"It's 23 of the most important games of my career, for a regular season. It's the type of mindset that I have, and I hope the guys will have, coming back off the break. I want to make a push to make the playoffs. I don't want to see myself not being part of the postseason for two years straight.
It's just not part of my DNA. We're sitting up here talking about the [scoring] record and things of that nature, and that's all cool, but I'm more passionate about trying to make the postseason and give ourselves a chance to compete for another Larry O'Brien Trophy.
That's just who I am. That's what I'm cut from," James said before suffering the injury. James will very likely return to action toward the end of the regular season.