sport news LeBron James 'may need foot surgery to repair a torn tendon he's been playing ... trends now
LeBron James may need to have surgery on a torn tendon in his foot that he's been dealing with several months.
The Los Angeles Lakers star will undergo further testing, but surgery remains a possibility, league sources have told The Athletic.
If he does need surgery, James should be fine for the starting of training camp, but only if he decides to return for the 2023-24 season.
James raised some doubts about his future following the Lakers' season-ending loss to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals earlier this week.
'I've got a lot to think about, to be honest,' James told reporters after the Lakers were swept. 'Just for me personally going forward with the game of basketball, I've got a lot to think about.'
LeBron James has reportedly been dealing with a torn tendon in his foot for several months
James didn't meet with the media on the day after the top scorer in NBA history said he needed time to think about his basketball future following the Lakers' elimination from the Western Conference finals.
The 38-year-old James has skipped his team's postseason media exit interviews before, but his decision Tuesday left Lakers fans hanging about his intentions with his enigmatic comments following a four-game sweep by the Denver Nuggets.
General manager Rob Pelinka and coach Darvin Ham said they'll speak with James soon about his future.
'We all know that (James) speaks for himself, and we'll look forward to those conversations when the time is right,' Pelinka said. 'LeBron has given as much to the game of basketball as anyone who has ever played. When you do that, you earn a right to decide whether you're going to give more. ... Obviously, our hope would be that his career continues, but we want to give him the time to have that inflection point and support him along the way.'
Despite James' 40-point performance, including a career playoff-best 31 points in the first half, the seventh-seeded Lakers were swept by the top-seeded Nuggets with a 113-111 defeat in Game 4 on Monday