LeBron James reportedly played in the playoffs with a torn tendon in his right foot that may require surgery.
If he undergoes surgery, James would need two months to recover.
However, The Athletic note that he would be ready for training camp next season.
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The 38-year-old suffered a foot injury as his Los Angeles Lakers were 29-33 and out of playoff contention. James could be seen saying he “heard a pop”.
He missed 13 games. But in his absence and upon his return, the Lakers got hot and they won 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 playoff game. He had 27.8 points in the sweep against Denver, including 40 points in the Lakers’ final game of the season.
The NBA’s all-time leading scorer caused a stir when he appeared to hint that he was considering 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, I have a lot to think about.
“I guess I’ll think about my career when I’m done, but I don’t know. The only thing I care about is being available for my teammates, and I don’t like not having done so. playing as many games as I would have liked because of an injury. The only thing that matters to me is being available for my team-mates.
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If he doesn’t retire, James will be playing his 21st NBA season later this year.