Lakers 'anticipate' LeBron James being able to play again this season
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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham says the Purple and Gold "anticipate LeBron James returning this season." James, 38, suffered a tendon injury in his right foot in early March during the Dallas Mavericks game. "We anticipate him coming back at some point [this season]," Ham said, per ESPN.
Since James went down with an injury, the Lakers have collected six wins and five losses. On Sunday, the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic 111-105 on their home floor in Los Angeles. With James sidelined, the Lakers have been doing their best to try to figure out how to win basketball games.
"I think Bron, him being out has revealed that we have a lot of different weapons that are very capable players on both sides of the ball that can help us achieve the goal that we're trying to achieve. And when he comes back, he's just going to add to it," Ham said.
James won't be back in three weeks
After the scans determined the extent of James' injury, it was reported that James would be re-evaluated in three weeks. Over the weekend, ESPN's NBA insider Brian Windhorst noted that it didn't James was coming back in three weeks.
"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. Meanwhile, the Lakers now own a 35-37 record. With that record, the Lakers are the 10th team in the Western Conference and would be playing in the play-in tournament if the postseason started today. In their next game, the Lakers are hosting the Phoenix Suns.