The Lakers’ rough start to the 2022-23 season got a bit rougher as LeBron James has been hampered by injuries.
After appearing in each of the first nine games of his 20th NBA season, James missed the 10th with left foot soreness. After missing one game, James went down with a groin injury in the fourth quarter of a game against the Clippers.
James exited the game with an efficient 30 points, but the Lakers fell to 2-9 on the season.
What does this mean for LeBron? Here’s everything we know about his injury and when he’ll return to the court.
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What is LeBron James’ injury?
In the fourth quarter against the Clippers, an awkward landing caused James apparent discomfort. He would exit the game and not return.
After further testing, Lakers head coach Darvin Harm said that James has a strained left adductor.
Lakers coach Darvin Ham says LeBron James will be day-to-day with his groin injury. Ham says the MRI showed that James has a strained left adductor. Of note: By virtue of a scheduling quirk, James could take eight days off in this next stretch and only miss two games.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) November 10, 2022“I feel good besides the injury,” James told reporters postgame. “We’ll get pictures on it tomorrow and go from there but I didn’t do anything strenuous on the play, just when I landed, I felt a little spasm or strain in my groin.”
James was the first to indicate that it was a groin issue, while the team’s initial diagnosis was left leg soreness.
LeBron James says he will get medical imaging on his left groin injury on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/S3yCKf42jH
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) November 10, 2022
This season, James has appeared on the injury report with left foot soreness, but it had not caused him to miss time until the team’s trip to Utah on Nov. 7.
Through 10 games, James is averaging 24.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game.
How long will LeBron James be out?
James’ status moving forward is day-to-day, which does not provide much clarity with respect to a potential timeline.
As noted by ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, the Lakers are set to play just three games in an eight-day span, which could allow James to rest for a large amount of time without missing much game action.
Lakers schedule 2022-23
After returning to Los Angeles for a designated road game against the Clippers, the Lakers will remain in LA for nearly two straight weeks as their next true road game comes on Nov. 22 against the Suns.
|Date||Opponent||Time (ET)||National TV|
|Nov. 11||vs. Kings||10:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 13||vs. Nets||9:30 p.m.||NBA TV|
|Nov. 18||vs. Pistons||10:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 20||vs. Spurs||9:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 22||at Suns||10 p.m.||TNT|