LeBron James Gives Lakers Fans a Frightening Concern With Alarming Comments About His Knee

Father Time has yet to catch up to LeBron James as he’s putting forth another remarkable campaign in his 19th year. However, the Los Angeles Lakers haven’t made the most of James’ stellar play, sitting in the ninth spot in the Western Conference playoff picture.

Los Angeles holds a massive uphill battle ahead to not only reach the play but hold any shot at a realistic NBA title push. Those chances are riding squarely on James’ shoulders, but he may have just created a significant cause for concern as the Lakers head into the home stretch of the regular season.

LeBron James still proving to be an ageless wonder

LeBron James is showing he has plenty left in the tank to play at an elite level.

The four-time league MVP is averaging 29.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 6.5 assists while shooting 52.0% from the floor and 35.2% from three-point range. He’s amid a career-best active streak of 22 straight games with at least 25 points scored, marking the longest such streak for a player in year 15 or later.

In 40 games played, he scored more than 20 points 36 times while notching at least 30 points 23 times and one 40-point outing. He also became the oldest player to put up at least 30 points in seven straight contests while becoming the first Lakers player in a decade to accomplish that feat since Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant.

James’ brilliance aside, the star forward just gave the franchise a reason for concern.

LeBron James voices worrisome comments about his knee

Despite LeBron James still performing like an ageless wonder in his 19th campaign, injuries have remained prominent.

The 37-year-old recently missed five consecutive games due to a bothersome knee issue but has played the last four contests averaging 28.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 8.3 assists while shooting 50% from the floor. However, James gave a concerning update, where he compared the ailment to the high-ankle sprain he suffered last season.

“It’s the same as my ankle,” James said, referencing the ankle injury he suffered during the 2020-21 season. “When I had the high ankle sprain last year. I think it was last year. The only way it’ll be back to full strength is rest, and I don’t have the luxury of having rest.”

The ankle injury forced James to sit 20 straight games last season, but it bothered him after returning. The 18-time All-Star has no opportunity to have an extended rest as the Lakers sit with a 26-31 record through the first 57 games.

Los Angeles’ margin for error is significantly small, leaving James in the position of having to play a massive workload to keep the team competitive. Beyond him playing at less than full strength, it leaves him vulnerable to suffering a setback. The same situation emerged last season as he had to return sooner than he should have, impacting him in the playoffs against the Phoenix Suns.

The Lakers can’t afford to have James miss any extended stretch if they hope to have any chance of making a serious playoff push, let alone compete for an NBA title. If anything, Los Angeles now must keep a closer eye on his health to avoid a setback.

Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis must step up

The Lakers will continue to lean heavily on James, but the other two stars need to step up their performance.

Russell Westbrook may likely have the final 25 regular-season games of his Lakers’ tenure ahead, but the situation sits as an opportunity to prove his worth. Westbrook is aware of what lies at stake as his reputation has taken a significant hit due to his inability to work effectively alongside James and Davis.

Meanwhile, the Lakers need Davis to play like the elite factor on both ends of the floor. He has only shown flashes of that due to injuries, but the team needs him to stabilize their defense as the interior anchor. These asks shouldn’t be out of the realm of comfort for either star player as both have shown the capability to be game-changing talents.

The Lakers have their backs against the wall, and it needs to be much more than James doing all the heavy lifting.

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