Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is in danger of missing the 2023 NBA All-Star Game due to a nagging foot injury that will keep him out against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.
James, 38, also missed his team’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks one match after becoming the league’s all-time scoring leader.
He couldn’t finish the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, in which he broke Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s long-standing record, due to the foot issue.
While the Lakers listed James as out with “left ankle soreness,” NBA insiders Chris Haynes and Marc Stein reported some bad news for the Purple & Gold.
According to Haynes, sources close to the situation claim that James’ injury is much worse than what the team is reporting.
LeBron James to miss NBA All-Star Game?
“I was told, that Tuesday game, the record-breaking game, I was told LeBron was severely struggling with that foot injury he has,” Haynes said. “It’s something that’s been nagging him for a few weeks already, but it gets to points where it just gets unbearable. And he plays through it, and… people that talked to me said he was really struggling with that foot. The way it was explained to me is that sometimes it flares up, different sides of his foot, depending on the cut, the way that he plants certain times, but the way it’s explained to me is that it’s something that might linger all season long.
“It reached a dire point, but what’s interesting is that he sat out Thursday’s game they said because of an ankle injury, not the foot, so that’s something to monitor as the season goes along as well. Like I think that’s going to be something he’s probably going to deal with throughout the course of the season… I was told it reached a pretty unbearable point Tuesday against OKC.”
Fans are questioning whether or not James will be able to participate in the NBA All-Star Game in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 19.
Lakers currently stand at a 25-31 record, only enough for 13th place, and have 26 games left to clinch a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Anthony Davis needs to step up
With the possibility of James not playing for a couple weeks, it’s the responsibility of Anthony Davis to keep the team afloat.
Davis, 29, recently struggled against OKC and couldn’t pull off the win over Milwaukee.
He is now the sole piece of focus for the Lake Show now that LeBron James has been traded.
If Davis doesn’t lead his new teammates to a few wins in the absence of James, the Lakers can virtually wave goodbye to the postseason.