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How long is LeBron James out? Ankle injury timeline, return date, latest updates on Lakers star

The last time we saw LeBron James on the court, he became the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.

The Lakers superstar has been sidelined since with an ankle injury. He was initially listed as questionable against the Trail Blazers on Monday, but he was eventually downgraded to out, marking his third straight missed game.

What’s next for James? Here’s everything we know about his injury and the latest news on when he may return.


What is LeBron James’ injury?

James has been listed on the injury report with left ankle soreness.

It’s an injury James has been nursing most of the season. The first game he missed with left foot soreness came on Nov. 7.

In total, James has appeared in 44 of the Lakers’ 58 games. He is currently averaging 30.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.0 steals on 50.8 percent shooting.

How long will LeBron James be out?

Lakers head coach Darvin Ham said on Feb. 13 that James would “in all likelihood” play on Wednesday when Los Angeles faces New Orleans.

It’s the final game the Lakers will play before the All-Star break. They will be back in action on Feb. 23.

Date Opponent Time (ET) National TV
Feb. 15 vs. Pelicans 10:00 p.m. ESPN
Feb. 19 NBA All-Star Game 8:00 p.m. TNT
Feb. 23 vs. Warriors 10:00 p.m. TNT
Feb. 26 at Mavericks 3:30 p.m. ABC
Feb. 28 at Grizzlies 8:00 p.m.

Ham previously said that imaging on James’ ankle was clean and that the approach was “one day at a time.”

Will LeBron James play in the All-Star Game?

James’ status for the 2023 NBA All-Star Game is currently unknown, but Ham said on Feb. 11 that he didn’t think the Lakers star would “allow” for a shutdown through All-Star.

LeBron James career stats, highlights

  • 27.2 points per game
  • 7.5 rebounds per game
  • 7.3 assists per game
  • 1.5 steals per game
  • 0.8 blocks per game
  • 3.5 turnovers per game
  • 38.1 minutes per game
  • 50.5 percent shooting
  • 34.4 percent 3-point shooting
  • 73.5 percent free throw shooting

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