LeBron James is looking at a variety of potential treatments for the swelling in his left knee, but he won’t consider platelet-rich plasma therapy, also known as PRP, Dave McMenamin of ESPN said on “NBA Today” (video link). James is being treated away from the team, and Lakers coach Frank Vogel said he has the full support of the organization in that decision, McMenamin adds.
James is listed as doubtful for tonight’s game against the Trail Blazers, and McMenamin said he’s expected to miss his fourth straight game since the swelling developed on the team’s last road trip. He was sent home early from that trip, and the Lakers have no intention of trying to play him until the swelling is gone, according to McMenamin.
There’s more on the Lakers:
- James was one of the most outspoken critics of the play-in tournament last year, but it looks like the Lakers’ only hope to save their season, writes Bill Oram of The Athletic. At four-and-a-half games out of sixth place and five games ahead of 11th, L.A. is comfortably in the play-in range. With that in mind, James’ possible extended absence isn’t being met with panic. “The No. 1 goal is that he’s healthy for the long haul,” Vogel said, “and everything else is less important after that.”
- Lakers legend Jerry West says his relationship with the franchise has deteriorated over the years, Sam Amick of The Athletic writes in a profile of West as one of the 75 greatest players in NBA history. West was particularly upset over the decision last year to rescind the lifetime season tickets for him and his wife that were promised by late owner Dr. Jerry Buss. “Sometimes you feel like you’re discarded, like a piece of trash,” said West, now a consultant with the Clippers. “And there’s a couple of people over there — not (owner Jeanie Buss) — but there’s a couple of people over there that, uh … I don’t get it. I don’t. … I always had a great relationship with Jeanie — at least I thought I did. I don’t know where it is now.”
- Lakers two-way player Mason Jones was named the G League Player of the Month for January, tweets JD Shaw of Hoops Rumors. Jones averaged 28 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game during the month.
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Lol at Jerry West’s comments. We don’t get it either.
True but he did kind of go rogue after Memphis. Why should the Lakers give him and his wife season tickets for life when he works for the Warriors, Clippers, etc? Pretty sure he was offered a job numerous times during the Phil Jackson era, which he snubbed.
One of the first Lakers to be the face and won them a championship. No honor in this weak world now . Just a bunch of lazy kids trying to rewrite history because they are weak minded and spoiled .
Hopefully Lebron injury teaches the Lakers to not over play LeBron again. As good a condition LeBron is in the knee is a knee of a old NBA player. That is one body part you can’t condition to make it younger.
The whole Lakers front office needs a revamp. No more friends, their husbands, or ex-agents in those positions. Get basketball people.
Jeanie is a legacy, and is apparently giving it her all. But this is just more evidence that she’s a weak minded owner, who’s really not up to owning such an iconic franchise. There’s no such thing as the LAL, and perhaps no NBA, without Jerry West. If she doesn’t get that, then she really doesn’t understand the history of either.
Efficient stats compare
3 point %
Wiggins is 6.2% better than LeBron
Defensive field goal % as of January 25
Wiggins is 6% better
You literally picked two random stats, good job. You left out almost all of the others. No one in the world right now except maybe you would take Wiggins, with age on his side and all, over lebron even at his older age.
Wiggins or Michael Jordan. Who you taking?
I love Mr.Clutch but his team shares the same arena with the Lakers.You can’t take the Clippers millions and expect another team to line your pockets.When the logo leaves the Clippers Jeannie can honor her dads wishes.Honestly it’s unethical the way it stands presently and I’m a little confused as to why West would even want the tickets.
“LeBron James is looking at a variety of potential treatments for the swelling in his left knee, but he won’t consider platelet-rich plasma therapy, also known as PRP, Dave McMenamin of ESPN said on “NBA Today” (Video link). James is being treated away from the team, and Lakers coach Frank Vogel said he has the full support of the organization in that decision, McMenamin adds.”
This is going to end well. Can’t wait to see the reports of tension between the Lakers docs and LeBron’s medical team when the recovery doesn’t go as planned.
Jerry West my first favorite player when growing up.. West and Goodrich score 70 a game and the Celtics still win.. I think the Lakers can afford to restore his tickets… what difference does it make who he is consulting for now.