Lakers Ratings: LeBron, Play-In Tournament,
james lebron is investigating a variety of potential treatments for the swelling in his left knee, but he won’t be considering platelet-rich plasma therapy, also known as PRP, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin said on ‘NBA Today’ (Video link). James is treated away from the team, and Lakers coach Frank Vogel said he had the full support of the organization in this decision, adds McMenamin.
James is listed as a doubt for tonight’s game against the Trail Blazers, and McMenamin said he is expected to miss his fourth straight game since swelling developed on the team’s last road trip. He was sent home soon after that trip, and the Lakers have no intention of trying to play him until the swelling subsides, according to McMenamin.
There’s more on the Lakers:
- James was one of the loudest critics of the play-in tournament last year, but it looks like the Lakers’ only hope of salvaging their season, writes Bill Oram of The Athletic. Four and a half games out of sixth place and five games shy of 11th, LA appears comfortably in the play-in range. With that in mind, James’ possible prolonged absence does not cause panic. “The No. 1 goal is for him to be healthy in the long term,” 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, writes Sam Amick of The Athletic in a profile of West as one of the 75 greatest players in NBA history. West was particularly upset by last year’s decision to cancel lifetime memberships for him and his wife that had been promised by the late owner. Dr. Jerry Buss. “Sometimes you feel like you’re being thrown away, like trash.” said West, now a consultant with the Clippers. “And there are a few people there – not (owner jeanie bus) – but there are a few people there who, uh… I don’t understand. I do not. … I’ve always had a great relationship with Jeanie – or so I thought. I don’t know where it is now.
- Lakers two-way player mason jones was named G League Player of the Month in January, tweet JD Shaw of Hoops Rumors. Jones averaged 28 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game during the month.