LeBron James was reportedly playing in the postseason with a torn tendon in his right foot that could require surgery.
If he undergoes surgery, James would need two months to recover.
However, The Athletic notes that he would be ready for training camp next season.
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The 38-year-old injured his foot when the Los Angeles Lakers were 29-33 and out of the playoff race. James could be seen saying that he «heard a pop».
He missed 13 games. But in his absence and return, the Lakers heated up and landed the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
The Lakers defeated the second-seeded Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs and then defeated the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
They were swept by the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference finals.
James averaged 24.5 points, 9.9 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game in the playoffs. He scored 27.8 points in the sweep against Denver, including a 40-place finisher in the Lakers’ season finale.
The NBA’s all-time scoring leader created quite a stir when he appeared to hint that he was contemplating retirement.
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«We’ll see what happens in the future,» James said. «I don’t know. I don’t know. I have a lot to think about, to be honest. Just for me personally, in the future of the game of basketball, I have a lot to think about.»
«I guess I’ll reflect on my career when it’s over, but I don’t know. The only thing I’m worried about is being available to my teammates and I don’t like the fact that I didn’t.» Play all the games that I would have liked because of the injury. That’s the only thing that matters to me, being available to my teammates.»
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If he doesn’t retire, James will play his 21st NBA season later this year.