It’s no secret that at this point, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is not 100 percent healthy. He just recently returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a high-ankle sprain, and he has since taken a few knocks over the past couple of games.
Lakers coach Frank Vogel has provided a timely update on LeBron’s injury status ahead of LA’s Game 2 matchup against the Phoenix Suns, and unsurprisingly, even his coach understands that James is playing through the pain.
“In an ideal situation he has another few weeks to fully put it behind him,” Vogel said via Kyle Goon of the Orange County Register. “But he’s moving pretty well in most situations and I approach the game like he’s a healthy player and just understand that there’s going to be a handful of plays where it looks like it limits him.”
The good news here is that it does not sound like LeBron is going to miss any time because of his current injuries. After all, it is the playoffs and only a major injury would prevent James from suiting up for the Lakers.
Nevertheless, it’s hard to deny that this update is a bit concerning. The fact that Vogel revealed that LeBron needs a few more weeks to approach full strength speaks volumes of just how banged up he is right now. Whether or not this has a significant impact on James and the Lakers the rest of the way remains to be seen.