LeBron James could be out anywhere from four to eight weeks due to abdominal strain. The length of recovery should worry fans as the signs of James’ body breaking down are already manifesting themselves early in the season.
LeBron James injury update
James suffered an abdominal strain, and the Lakers could miss his services from four to eight weeks. While the grade of the injury is still unknown, the estimate of his return was provided by ex-Lakers strength coach Tim DiFrancesco in a report published by The Atlantic.
“The most insight into James’ injury so far came in the form of an Instagram post from the Lakers’ former head strength and conditioning coach, Tim DiFrancesco. Now the owner of TD Athlete’s Edge, a training and rehab operation near Boston, DiFrancesco explained in a post on Saturday morning that the injury is one that can occur with the overextension of the torso combined with extreme force — such as a powerful serve in tennis or a tomahawk dunk in basketball.
Recovery time? Four to eight weeks for even a minor strain, according to DiFrancesco.”
The trainer explained that he could be wrong as James was known for returning from injury earlier than expected. However, muscle strains are harder to figure out and are usually on a day-to-day basis. Recovery should be done properly or else risk aggravating the injury due to premature return.
James’ body breaking down
LeBron’s greatest attribute is his ability to recover from various injuries and deliver MVP performances constantly, per his former teammate Kyle Korver. With 50,277 minutes under his belt, it looks like James’ body is starting to disintegrate.
The 4-time champion prides himself on having state-of-the-art facilities and top nutrition from experts to preserve his career. The former Cavalier is not done yet, with his dreams of chasing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the most points scored list and playing with his son Bronny in the league someday. However, it looks like it will be a challenge for him to stay healthy. As ESPN commentator Skip Bayless Tweeted, James is becoming injury-prone.
The Los Angeles Lakers front office is well aware of this. That’s why they retooled the roster in the offseason, adding players that can play multiple positions and score in different ways in hopes of offsetting the impact when LeBron or other stars miss games due to injuries.
The Lakers are facing a difficult stretch after an underwhelming start of the season. Russell Westbrook is still finding his rhythm while Anthony Davis and James missed some games to injuries. They will get better, and the coaches will figure things out soon. However, the fans should accept that James will no longer be back to what he once was, and the Lakers management should embrace and prepare for it in the future.