Lakers’ LeBron James could miss 4-to-8 weeks with abdominal strain

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James hasn’t remained on the court for an extended period of time during the early stages of the 2021-22 NBA season.

He suffered an injury in the first game of the regular season against the Memphis Grizzlies . James felt sore after an opponent fell to the ground and landed on his ankle. After missing a few games, he returned to lead L.A. against the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers twice.

Then, James was diagnosed with a rectus abdominal strain , in his third game back. He’s still out. Although the team initially stated that he would miss approximately a week, it may not have been true.

In an Bill Oram article from The Athletic , Oram spoke to Tim DiFrancesco about the Lakers’ old head strength and conditioning coach. It could keep James out of the game for up to eight weeks, even though it is a minor strain.

“Especially the way he plays, it’s tough for me to see him getting back under four weeks,” said DiFrancesco, who worked for the Lakers from 2011-17. “But then again, he is a different guy, so I wouldn’t put anything beyond him. … These are such delicate injuries that can respond to rest with pain relief quickly, but they are highly susceptible to re-injury if returned too quickly.”

Los Angeles’ hopes of winning the title and a playoff spot could be seriously hampered if James is absent for that length of time. The Lakers have struggled without LeBron against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the youngest team in the league, and were routed by the Portland Trail Blazers after trailing by as many as 34.

The Lakers should hope that James will not be disappointed. This season could end quickly if it doesn’t.

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