LeBron James laments suffering an untimely, unforeseen ankle sprain after a collision with Solomon Hill early in the 2nd quarter.
On Saturday night, LeBron and the Lakers hosted Trae Young and Co. at the Staples Center. Early in the second quarter, James fell down on the floor when he rolled his right ankle and made an awkward contact with Solomon Hill.
Despite sustaining the ankle injury, James didn’t immediately check out of the game. The 17-time All-Star stayed in the game and even knocked down a corner three-pointer before leaving the court.
LBJ played 11 minutes and scored 10 points before he had checked himself out of the game. His frustrations were clearly visible as he even smacked a chair on his way out. As of now, James has a high-ankle sprain and is out indefinitely.
James, who has barely missed games in his whole 18-year career, expressed his frustrations on Twitter. He tweeted how he was angry for not being available for his teammates. He also revealed how he was hurt inside and out. James tweeted:
“Nothing angers and saddens me more than not being available to and for my teammates! I’m hurt inside and out right now. The road back from recovery begins now. Back soon like I never left.”
Nothing angers and saddens me more than not being available to and for my teammates! I’m hurt inside and out right now. 🤦🏾♂️. The road back from recovery begins now. Back soon like I never left. #ThekidfromAKRON🤴🏾
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 21, 2021
‘Never seen LBJ scream like that’: Kyle Kuzma on watching LeBron James writhe in pain
Luckily, there was no structural damage to his ankle. This means as James promised, he should be making a recovery soon. Although, Kyle Kuzma disclosed how he’s never seen the King react to an injury the way he reacted on Saturday night. Kuz revealed:
“I haven’t necessarily seen him scream and squall like that, probably ever, not even with that groin (injury in 2018). It had to hurt a little bit, for sure.”
Kyle Kuzma on LeBron’s injury: “I haven’t necessarily seen him scream and squall like that, probably ever, not even with that groin (injury in 2018). It had to hurt a little bit, for sure.”
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) March 20, 2021
The Lakers were already short-handed playing without the likes of their All-Star Anthony Davis. It will be even more difficult for the Lakers to win games now, who eye their second consecutive title, playing without both their stars.
If the Lakers want to have a successful postseason, they will have to wish for a speedy recovery from LeBron and AD. Despite being 36-years-old, James has been more determined than ever to get the job done. It is up to the Lakers’ supporting cast to rise and win games until their leaders join the lineup.