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LeBron James will be out indefinitely after suffering a high ankle sprain on Saturday as the Los Angeles Lakers took on the Atlanta Hawks.
The NBA legend, 36, left the game early in the second quarter after the injury and the Lakers later confirmed that he would not be returning.
James was injured in the second quarter when Hawks forward Solomon Hill fell on James’ right ankle while trying to steal the ball. Hill, 30, was called for a foul.
According to ESPN, James immediately shouted in pain and rolled off the court. The Lakers took a timeout to check on James, who was cleared to return to the court and quickly scored a 3-point shot for his team.
But a few moments later, James called another timeout and took himself out of the game and went to the Lakers’ locker room accompanied by the team’s training staff and teammate Anthony Davis, who is still recovering from his own injury.
The Lakers played on without James and lost to Atlanta 94-99.
James tweeted about the injury after the game, writing, “Nothing angers and saddens me more than not being available to and for my teammates!”
“I’m hurt inside and out right now. The road back from recovery begins soon,” he added. “Back soon like I never left. #ThekidfromAKRON.”
Nothing angers and saddens me more than not being available to and for my teammates! I’m hurt inside and out right now. 🤦🏾♂️. The road back from recovery begins now. Back soon like I never left. #ThekidfromAKRON🤴🏾— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 21, 2021