Lakers forward LeBron James may remain on the sidelines longer than expected due to his abdominal strain, according to the Lakers’ former head strength and conditioning coach, Tim DiFrancesco. He explained in an Instagram post Saturday that the recovery for a minor strain is four to eight weeks.
The severity of James’ injury remains unknown. DiFrancesco went on to tell The Athletic’s Bill Oram that the most minor strain could still take two to six weeks.
“Especially the way he plays, it’s tough for me to see him getting back under four weeks,” DiFrancesco said. “These are such delicate injuries that can respond to rest with pain relief quickly, but they are highly susceptible to re-injury if returned too quickly.”
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel stated Saturday that the team believed it would be “at least a week” for James’ return. He described his injury as “hopefully … something that’s minimal.”
James has been sidelined since the Lakers’ 107-104 loss Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The team went on to lose their match on the road against Portland 105-90, continuing their offensive struggles.
James has logged six games (all starts) so far this season, his 19th in the NBA. He is averaging 24.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and seven assists per game.