LeBron James injury status of The Lakers (Updated: Feb. 04)

The Lakers have been plagued by injuries throughout the season, with several key rotation players missing games. In which LeBron James injury’s is the most prominent.

Lakers Provides LeBron James’s Injury Update

Lakers Provides LeBron James's Injury Update

Injury: Ankle

Injury status: Questionable

UPDATE (Feb. 04):

James’ status for Saturday’s game against the Pelicans is in question due to soreness in his left ankle.

In the past, James has been listed as questionable, but he has gone on to play in the game. With a day off in between games, it’s probably safe to assume he’ll play again on Saturday, but you should check on the superstar’s availability before the opening tip-off at 6 PM ET.

UPDATE (Feb. 02):

Ryan Ward of LakersNation.com says that James is questionable for Thursday’s game against Indiana because of an ankle injury.

James didn’t play against Brooklyn on Monday because his left ankle hurt, but he played against the Knicks on Tuesday. In 43 minutes, the Lakers star scored 28 points (11-25 FG, 2-8 3P, 4-7 FT), grabbed 10 boards, gave 11 assists, and stole one ball.

James hasn’t had a game with less than 20 points since early November. In January, he averaged 33 points, 9.3 rebounds, 8.4 assists, and 2.6 three-pointers in 12 games.

He’s still having trouble with his ankle before Thursday’s game, but he played a lot on Tuesday, so it seems unlikely that he’ll be limited in any way if he’s able to play against the Pacers.

UPDATE (Jan. 31):

When the Lakers play the Knicks, LeBron James’s status is in doubt.

Even though LeBron James is a month past his 38th birthday and is in his 20th NBA season, he hasn’t changed much.

But Father Time may keep him off the court on Tuesday night, when James’ Los Angeles Lakers are scheduled to play the New York Knicks in the first game of the season between the two teams.

James missed LA’s game on Monday because he hurt his left foot or ankle. Lakers coach Darvin Ham said Monday afternoon that James’ foot pain is “really significant” and that the 18-time All-Star will be checked again on Tuesday.

James has been hurt and missed 11 games this season, but he is still averaging 30.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, which are both close to his best single-season marks. In 2005-06, he averaged 31.4 points per game for Cleveland. In 2016-17 and 2017-18, he averaged 8.6 rebounds per game for the Cavaliers.

James almost had a triple-double in the Lakers’ 125-121 overtime loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday. He scored 41 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and gave out eight assists. With his 74th 40-point game, James moved within 117 points of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most 40-point games in NBA history.

UPDATE (Jan. 30):

James will not play against the Nets on Monday due to an ankle injury.

James will sit out the first game of the Lakers’ upcoming back-to-back set due to persistent soreness in his left ankle. This will be his first extended absence from the lineup since January 9. Expect James to play again on Tuesday against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, as his absence appears to be a simple matter of load management.

UPDATE (Jan. 28):

According to Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register, James’s status for Saturday’s game against Boston due to an ankle injury is currently unknown.

James is still dealing with a sore left ankle, but he has played in each of the last eight games despite the ailment. During that stretch, he has recorded an average of 33.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 8.1 assists while playing 36.9 minutes per contest. Over the course of those eight appearances, he has recorded four double-doubles; therefore, it would not be surprising to see him make himself available once more on Saturday.

UPDATE (Jan. 25):

LeBron James will play despite having an ankle injury on Wednesday night’s game against the Spurs.

Due to his ongoing ankle injury, James was listed on the injury report as questionable; however, he has been given the go-ahead to play on the court on Wednesday evening. Over the course of his last five contests, he has posted averages of 35.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.6 assists, and 1.2 blocks.

UPDATE (Jan. 24):

LeBron James is questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Clippers because his left ankle is hurting.

Like most of the season, James is listed as “questionable” because his ankle is hurting. The 38-year-old has played in six straight games, so he should be ready for Tuesday’s game against the Clippers across town.

During Sunday’s 121-112 win over Portland, King James had 37 points (14-24 FG, 2-7 3P, 7-10 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks in 36 minutes of play.

The 38-year-old kept up his streak of great games, and his huge stat line on Sunday helped the Lakers come back from a 25-point halftime deficit. With 37 points, James is now 233 points away from tying Kareem Abdul-all-time Jabbar’s NBA scoring record (38,387 points).

James should be even more motivated to play through his sore ankle, which made him questionable for tonight’s game, because he wants to break the record. It also doesn’t hurt that the 22-25 Lakers are still in the thick of the race for a playoff spot.

UPDATE (Jan. 22): 

King James might not be able to play against the Trail Blazers on Sunday because of an ankle injury, says Ryan Ward of LakersNation.com.

James’s left ankle still hurts, even though he has played in five straight games. During this time, he’s averaged 38.3 minutes, 32.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, 8.6 assists, and 1.2 steals.

UPDATE (Jan. 20):

James’ status for Friday’s match against the Grizzlies is uncertain at this time.

UPDATE (Jan. 18):

LeBron James is doubtful to play against the Kings on Wednesday due to soreness in his left ankle.

UPDATE (Jan. 16):

After suffering a devastating loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night, the Los Angeles Lakers are playing the second game of a back-to-back on Monday.

Los Angeles needs James to play against Houston because it is a winnable game for the Lakers. But King’s James’ status for Monday night’s game has reportedly been lowered to “questionable” due to soreness in his left ankle.

UPDATE (Jan. 15): 

LeBron James is listed as probable for the Sunday’s game versus the 76ers despite left ankle soreness.

Given how common James’ probable tag has become, there is little cause for alarm if he receives it within the next 24 hours.

UPDATE (Jan. 9):

LeBron James has been listed as probable for Monday’s game due to left ankle soreness.

UPDATE (Jan. 6):

James is expected to play in Friday’s game against the Hawks despite continuing to deal with left ankle soreness, according to ESPN.com’s Dave McMenamin.

UPDATE (Dec. 27):

LeBron James (ankle) is probable for Tuesday’s game against the Magic.

UPDATE (Dec. 21):

LeBron James (ankle) is probable for Wednesday’s game against Sacramento Kings.


LeBron James is listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the Pistons due to left ankle soreness.

About LeBron James

No. 6 – Los Angeles Lakers
Position Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born December 30, 1984 (age 37)
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school St. Vincent–St. Mary (Akron, Ohio)
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Playing career 2003–present
Career history
2003–2010 Cleveland Cavaliers
2010–2014 Miami Heat
2014–2018 Cleveland Cavaliers
2018–present Los Angeles Lakers