Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James has confirmed that he will play on Christmas Day against the Dallas Mavericks, two days after rolling his ankle against the Los Angeles Clippers on the opening night of the season.
With 7:51 left to play in the game against the Clippers, James exited the game and didn't return to the court after rolling his ankle. The Lakers were trailing 99-92 when James exited the game and there was no way back for the Purple and Gold after the four-time NBA champion suffered an injury as the Clippers went on a quick 6-0 lead to open a comfortable 105-92 lead.
The Lakers ended up losing 116-109 but that wasn't the worst part as they feared that James would be forced to sit out the game against the Mavericks. "I'll be ready to go tomorrow on Christmas Day," James told reporters, as revealed on ESPN.
"I've never missed a Christmas Day game, and I don't plan on missing one tomorrow."
James was optimistic that he would play
In his post-game interview, James said he rolled his ankle "pretty good" but remained optimistic that he would be ready to suit up against the Mavericks.
"I turned it pretty good, but I don't think it's going to stop me from playing on Friday," James said. "So, have a couple days, you know how I am about treatment, so I'll do that around the clock and I think I should be fine by then."
When asked what he would do after the game, James remained calm and didn't want to panic. "I'll go home and have dinner right now," James said. "I'll ice it, and I'll drink some wine that will flow right to the ankle.
... I can make sure I can drink on the left side of my body so it just goes right down to my left leg, right down to my ankle. "But I'll be around the clock. I'll wake up [Wednesday] morning before I leave the house, and also I'll get some more treatment at the facility and just continue to do that.
"Like I said, we have a couple days, so I'll be fine." The Lakers, who won their 17th NBA title two months ago after beating the Miami Heat 4-2 in the NBA Finals, didn't start the season on the way they hoped they would. The Lakers will be eager to put on a good performance against the Mavericks and claim their first win of the season.