Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is available to play against the Chicago Bulls in L.A. today, the team announced less than an hour before tip-off. After missing the previous 13 games due to a right foot injury, the 19-time All-Star will come off the bench in his return.
LeBron James will come off the bench today vs. Bulls, Lakers say. https://t.co/clJy8yBaDo— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 26, 2023
James was initially listed as “doubtful” for the game and then “questionable,” but after testing the foot in pregame warmups he’s set to give it a go.
He suffered the injury on Feb. 26 against the Dallas Mavericks, but the Lakers did more than stay afloat during his absence, going 8-5 without their best player. Now the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference at 37-37, James’ return comes with eight games left in the Lakers’ season and just enough time to finish a push for the playoffs.
The Lakers’ resurgence — now with James back in the fold — adds another late storyline to a tight and wacky Western Conference playoff race this season.