The Los Angeles Lakers impressed their fanbase by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night despite not having both LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
James sat out because of a rather serious foot injury that will keep him off the floor for at least a couple of weeks.
The injury is so bad, in fact, that there has been speculation that it could require surgery or might even be season-ending.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 2, 2023
The Lakers got a bit of good news on Thursday morning as NBA reporter Chris Haynes revealed that James will not require surgery because of his foot.
While that is clearly very good news, there is still a lot to be nervous about.
James will be re-evaluated in a couple of weeks and a determination about his future will be decided then.
Ideally, James will be ready to start ramping up his work on the court at that time.
In that best-case scenario, he would be playing with his team shortly after that re-evaluation.
But there is a chance that James has to sit out longer and the possibility of him remaining out for the rest of the season isn’t completely off the table.
If the Lakers are still competitive when James has healed, he will likely play again.
But if they have fallen so far behind that the playoffs are a long shot, James and the front office might elect to keep him sidelined.
A lot is riding on the next few weeks and fans are holding their breath.
But at least it is clear that James won’t be going under the knife to repair his injury.NEXT: Vanessa Bryant Has Reportedly Reached A Settlement With Los Angeles County