REPORT: LeBron James Won’t Be Out As Long As Feared With Abdomen Injury

After various time frames surrounding the return of LeBron James from his abdominal injury spanning from one week to one or two months, a new report states that the damage may not be as severe as initially feared.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst had an appearance on “This Just In” with Max Kellerman and provided an update on LeBron and the rehab process:

“This is not a severe injury. He is rehabbing this and from what I am told the rehab is going well. He may have to do some reconditioning a little bit, but this is not going to keep him out for an extended period.— He definitely has shown his age here on some of these muscle injuries like he had with the groin injury two years ago. There’s no doubt about that. This is not something that is gonna dramatically impact his ability. It’s coming at a portion of the schedule for the Lakers where it’s not that difficult. They haven’t done great, I agree, but this is a time if you’re going to nurse an injury, it’s this time of the season, and that’s what LeBron’s doing.”

The timeframe got confusing with conflicting recovery timelines over the last week. ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported that James was expected to be out for at least one week. Former Lakers’ head strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco, stated his opinion in an Instagram post that the injury could keep him out 1-2 months.

LeBron James has played in just six games collecting an impressive stat line of 24.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game with shooting averages of 46.7 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from beyond the arc.

The Los Angeles Lakers (6-5) will play the Miami Heat (7-3) Wednesday.