The Los Angeles Lakers are a little nervous that LeBron James still isn’t himself.
James hasn’t been showing the same speed or overall movement, and according to a report by Joe Vardon of The Athletic, and the Lakers are privately a little concerned he’s not fully recovered from the groin injury that cost him a career-high 18 games.
Never one to make excuses, James put a positive spin on it.
“I feel great,” he said. “Looking forward to the second half of the season. Looking forward to seeing what we can do to get back in this playoff race. That’s my only mindset.”
The Lakers (28-29) are in 10th place in the Western Conference, three games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot.
James, 34, is averaging 26.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 7.6 assists. He is averaging 35 minutes a game, two less than last season with the Cavaliers. His shooting percentage (51 percent), 3-point percentage (35 percent) and free-throw percentage (68 percent) are all down from last season.