L.A. Lakers are ‘privately concerned’ with NBA great LeBron James since his return from a groin injury

20 Feb

LeBron James is the greatest basketball player of his generation and to most fans, it’s a two-horse race between James and Michael Jordan for the greatest of all-time.

The Lakers forward landed in L.A. last summer with three NBA titles to his name; two with the Miami Heat and one with his beloved hometown Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron James is commonly regarded as the best basketball player on the planet

The Lakers have been rebuilding for the past five years. After transitioning from the Kobe Bryant era – that spawned five titles – the Purple and Gold have built a young core that just needed a leader or two to flourish.

James is that man, but at 34-years-old, most top-tier players are on their way down.

Of course, King James is an anomaly. As a once in a lifetime athlete, James is still pouring in numbers that are right in line with his career averages. 26.8 points a night with 7.6 assists and 8.6 rebounds are MVP candidate numbers.

Unfortunately, the Lakers are three games back from the playoffs at present with 25 games remaining. They had sat in fourth spot in the Western Conference prior to LeBron James’ groin injury during a win over the Golden State Warriors on Christmas day.

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Although the four-time MVP has now played six games since returning from an 18 game absence, there are reportedly concerns about his condition.

Joe Vardon of The Athletic reports: “The Lakers are privately a little concerned about LeBron. Is he fully healed from the groin strain that cost him a career-worst 18 games? Is he going to pick up his intensity and propel this team back into the playoffs, as he did last year in Cleveland?”

There is no doubt the Lakers need James to lead them into the postseason and it’s crucial ahead of a stacked free agency class this summer that the Lakers look an attractive proposition with James still in his prime.

Part of the Lakers’ struggles recently have been down to the absence of key defender Lonzo Ball. The point guard is scheduled to return in early March for ther run-in of the regular season.