Will this close LA’s postseason window?
Perhaps Los Angeles Lakers All-Star forward LeBron James shouldn’t have played through that right foot injury yesterday against the Dallas Mavericks, after all.
Sources inform Shams Charania of The Athletic that the team anticipates the 38-year-old vet will miss several weeks with what is still being cagily defined as a “right foot injury.” He is officially out indefinitely.
Given that there are just six weeks left in the NBA regular season, and that the Lakers are currently out of the play-in picture, this is terrible timing for the league’s all-time leading scorer.
Los Angeles had just been hitting its stride, having won three straight and four of its last five, thanks to team vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka having surrounded injury-prone stars James and Anthony Davis with players who provide the kind of skills the team had previously lacked — namely, three-point shooting and defense.
The whole house of cards will collapse, of course, if either James or Davis misses major time, as is their custom.