After making his return to the basketball court, LeBron James will be missing out on tonight’s (May 3) game against the Denver Nuggets. According to ESPN, sources revealed that the NBA star will sit out to rest his aggravated ankle.
On Friday (April 30) James returned from the longest absence of his career to play against the Sacramento Kings in a game that eventually saw the Lakers’ 110-106 loss to Sacramento. Then on Sunday (May 2), he took the court to compete with the Toronto Raptors. Though he started off strong, soreness in his ankle resulted in him sitting out for the last six minutes of the game.
It’s not clear how long this setback will keep him away from the court.
As REVOLT previously reported, James suffered a high ankle sprain on March 20 when Atlanta Hawks guard Solomon Hill — who was attempting to get possession of a loose ball — tumbled and dove into his ankle. The Lakers star winced in pain before returning to the game, but he didn’t last long. He eventually called a timeout and walked to the locker room with the team’s trainers. He never made it back to the game and was ruled out indefinitely.
After six weeks out, he made his return — a move he believed was necessary to measure his progress.
“You never know until you get out there because honestly some of the sharp pain that I’m feeling, or the pain that I’m feeling on the floor, I didn’t have during my workouts, during my training,” James said in an interview after the Toronto matchup. “So the only way to test is to get out on the floor. For one, there ain’t no damn practice time. It’s not like when you get practice time you get five-on-five, you get lives, this is not the season for it. We’ve known that since the beginning.”
“The only opportunity for me to get some live was during the game,” he continued. “I don’t want to say I came back too early, but at the end of the day, I had to test it out and see where I was at.”