Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has officially been ruled out for Tuesday's contest against the San Antonio Spurs.

As Michael Corvo of ClutchPoints reported, LeBron is still dealing with right ankle soreness, forcing the Lakers to sit him out for their showdown with Gregg Popovich's men.

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LeBron James' status has been the subject of much discussion heading to the contest after the Lakers listed him as probable on Monday, only to downgrade it to questionable on Tuesday.

James injured his ankle during their tight win against the Memphis Grizzlies last Sunday. While he was able to finish the match, it seems the issue keeps bothering him over the past few days.

Considering that the injured ankle is the same one that kept LeBron out for most part of last season, it is not surprising the Lakers decided to sit him out against the Spurs. Not to mention that it is the first game of a back-to-back, as they are scheduled to play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.

Frank Vogel and Co. are certainly being cautious of LeBron's health, especially since he's already 36 years old. They need him fully healthy when the playoffs come or they risk suffering the same fate they had in the 2021 postseason–during which an injured James played and was unable to propel the team past the first round.

Hopefully, though, LeBron won't have to sit out for long.