“LeBron James is Out of the Walking Boot”: Lakers Take on the Knicks as The King is Finally Back Courtside

Akash Murty
|Published March 13, 2023

LeBron James was not a constant presence courtside since his foot injury that has made him miss 6 straight games. Although these no-shows were the first time since the 38-year-old has been in LA, people were questioning his absence.

It’s not like he is the James of the old, he has been missing quite a few with the Lakers since 2018 compared to any of his previous 15 years. And he has been a consistent presence courtside all these years if not playing.

So, his absence from the courtside should not have been as much of a big deal as it became, so much so, that Darvin Ham himself had to explain the situation.

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LeBron James needed to ‘unplug’ according to Darvin Ham

Before the game against the New York Knicks on Sunday, the Head Coach revealed that the 4x champ is back with the team with his recovery as planned and that it was good for him to unplug a little bit.

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James was also without the walking boot for the first time since his injury.

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Having the team’s leader courtside should be a motivation for the home team to put away the Knicks who are on a three-game losing streak while the Lakers themselves are on a 6-2 run since the All-Star break.

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How would the Lakers look with James back?

There is something about Russell(s) not being able to play enough games alongside LeBron and AD for some reason or the other. We saw it with Westbrook and now it is happening with D’Angelo Russell.

The former Wolves guard has also missed 6 straight games, but since his return against the Raptors in the last game, Purple and Gold have looked different. He had 28 points and 9 dimes in a  122-112 win. And as we speak he has 23/5 against the Knicks at just halftime.

If they make it to the Playoffs with a fit LeBron James, the Lakers are going to be a problem for anybody in a 7-game series.

Also read: “I Slept 3 Hours a Day”: Kobe Bryant Reveals Why He Had to Change, Despite Outworking LeBron James

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Akash Murty

Akash Murty

An Electrical and Electronics Engineer by degree, Akash Murty is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. Previously a Software Engineer, Murty couldn’t keep himself away from sports, and his knack for writing and putting his opinion forward brought him to the TSR. A big Soccer enthusiast, his interest in basketball developed late, as he got access to a hoop for the first time at 17. Following this, he started watching basketball at the 2012 Olympics, which transitioned to NBA, and he became a fan of the game as he watched LeBron James dominate the league. Him being an avid learner of the game and ritually following the league for around a decade, he now writes articles ranging from throwbacks, and live game reports, to gossip. LA Lakers are his favourite basketball team, while Chelsea has his heart in football. He also likes travelling, reading fiction, and sometimes cooking.

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