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LeBron James visited the ‘LeBron James of feet’ to evaluate his injury — and now he’s back

LeBron James said he visited “LeBron James on the Leg” to assess his injury – and now he’s back on the court.

The 38-year-old missed 13 games and four weeks after tearing a tendon in his right leg against the Dallas Mavericks on February 26.

However, James returned to action on Sunday night, scoring 19 points in 30 minutes off the bench in a 118-108 home loss to the Chicago Bulls.

And later, he revealed that he was recommended by two doctors to undergo season-ending surgery for his injury before meeting his namesake in the world of podiatry.

“I went to LeBron James on my leg and he told me I should[delay possible surgery],” James said, choosing not to name the doctor. told the media.

James said doctors told him he was “healing his injuries faster than anyone I’ve ever seen.”

He made no promises about having foot surgery during the offseason.

James said the team’s success in his absence (the Lakers are 8-5 without four-time NBA champions) prompted him to spend a lengthy rehabilitation period working toward his return to the court. .

“It definitely changed my mindset about coming back and trying to be part of this,” he explained, saying he was working 12-hour days to get over his injury.

“Well, I don’t want to say[it]changed my mindset. It just strengthened what I was trying to do, like workouts and therapy. They played great basketball. I just think I boot.” From the time I put them on to the time I stepped out of my boots, people saw me on the sidelines and were very happy with what they were doing.”

It was the second time in his 20-year career that James appeared in an NBA game off the bench, the other coming on December 11, 2007.

He had 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 turnovers for 19 points, after which he admitted that it would take time to get back to full speed.

Perhaps the most memorable moment of James’ return was with 1:12 remaining when ex-Lakers Patrick Beverly hit a jump hook to extend the Bulls’ lead.

Beverly made a gesture commonly associated with players calling their opponents “too small” and slammed the floor in celebration. “I was just playing basketball,” Beverly said afterwards. “Of course it’s good to see old teammates and old coaching staff.”

The Lakers were in the red against the Bulls on Sunday night and were unable to complete their comeback despite their best efforts.

Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 32 points, while DeMar DeRozan had 17 points and 10 assists.

Following Sunday’s game, the Lakers have seven games left in the season to book tickets to the postseason.

They remained in 9th place in a crowded Western Conference, 1.5 games away from 6th place and automatically qualified for the playoffs, but were eliminated all one game from the play-in tournament.

If the Lakers miss the playoffs, it will be the second season in a row and the third in James’ five years in California.

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