LeBron James reveals 'LeBron of feet' told him surgery wasn't required
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Lebron James revealed two doctors advised him to have surgery on his foot but then he visited "the LeBron of feet," who told him surgery wasn't required. On Sunday, James played his first game since early March and suffering a torn tendon in his right foot.
"He told me I shouldn't [get surgery]," James said, per ESPN. After missing 13 games, James didn't enjoy a triumphant return as the Los Angeles Lakers suffered a 118-108 loss to the Chicago Bulls on their home floor. In his return, James came off the bench and played 29 minutes.
In those 29 minutes, James had 18 points, eight rebounds and three assists. "Obviously, the rhythm is the most important. I had a couple of drives and the ball got away from me. A couple of shots didn't feel as good as before, obviously.
But I was out for four weeks, so between that and the wind, just trying to get those things back leading to the final stretch of the season," James explained.
James sets his eyes on a deep playoff run
When James went down with an injury, the Lakers weren't even in a place that would land them a spot in the play-in tournament.
But after winning a couple of games and finding their form, the Lakers put themselves in a position to make the playoffs directly. That motivated James to ramp up his return. "To hell with the play-in; we actually can be a top-eight seed.
That definitely changed my mindset on me coming back and trying to be a part of this. I don't really want to say changed my mindset; it just enhanced what I was trying to do as far as my workouts, as far as my treatment and everything," James said.
Following the loss to the Bulls, the Lakers now own a 37-38 record and are the ninth team in the Western Conference standings. In their next game, the Lakers are playing the Bulls on the road.