Lakers’ LeBron James appears bothered by right elbow but shrugs it off
The Los Angeles Lakers managed to eke a close win over the Miami Heat, but it didn’t come without a cost. LeBron James apparently hurt his right elbow as the Lakers managed to hold on for a 113-110 win.
The play that injured him happened late in the game. The King was guarding Jimmy Butler when they collided during a play. James fell on his elbow, effectively injuring it.
While it doesn’t seem to be anything serious, it’s definitely concerning for the Lakers fans that one of their stars would have to nurse his injury for quite some time.
However, the man himself is confident that he’ll be able to play before long. According to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, James is confident that his arm will be able to recover in time.
Something seemed to be amiss with LeBron's right elbow. He had his trainer Mike Mancias take a look at it right after the buzzer and was icing it postgame. "I mean, it's fine, I'm icing it right now," he said. "We'll see what happens."
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) December 14, 2019
The Lakers medical team will likely have a deeper look at his injury and check if they will need to disable James for the coming games. However, since the injury doesn’t look excessively serious, he should be able to play after resting for a game or two.
The more important match where his presence will be needed is against the Milwaukee Bucks on December 19. Giannis Antetokounmpo is a great basketball player, and Anthony Davis will need his outstanding play to get the dub over the Eastern Conference favorites.
James’ injury also puts into question his overall health in his advanced age. He was never injured during his peak years, but his groin injury last year kept him out for a significant amount of time last year. Lakers fans can only hope that James won’t miss much this time.