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LeBron James left Lakers’ blowout loss to Bulls early

LeBron James in his Lakers uniform

LeBron James definitely beat the Los Angeles traffic on Monday night.

James’ Los Angeles Lakers suffered another humiliating loss at home to the Chicago Bulls. The star forward, who remains sidelined with an abdominal injury, left the team’s bench early. He headed off to the locker room with 5:18 left in the fourth quarter and the Lakers trailing 114-88, per Mark Medina of NBA.com.

The Bulls would go on to win by a 121-103 final score.

James has not played since Nov. 2 but has maintained a prominent presence on the Laker bench. When things have been going well for them, he has had no problem being front-and-center to celebrate, sometimes even coming on the court during play. James has also often been walking right up to the referees to complain about calls, despite being in street clothes.

But when the going really got tough on Monday evening, James literally got going. At this point though, we can hardly be surprised since James has even walked off early from games that he has played in.

Photo: Nelson Chenault-USA Today Sports

Video: Bronny James already has insane leaping ability

Bronny James in uniform

Bronny James looks very much like a product of his genetics in at least one aspect of his game.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James posted a video to Instagram over the weekend of his 17-year-old son Bronny throwing down an amazing dunk. As part of a dunk contest for Sierra Canyon’s annual Midnight Madness event, Bronny busted out an off-the-backboard windmill dunk and got his head above the rim. Have a look.

The 6-foot-4 Bronny is currently a junior at Sierra Canyon and plays as a combo guard. He will be eligible for the NBA Draft in 2024.

Bronny already went viral for looking jacked last year. Now having the James family athleticism on top of that is showing how much potential Bronny truly has as a prospect.

Photo: Dec 7, 2019; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Sierra Canyon School guard LeBron James Jr (0) against Millennium High School during the 2019 Hoophall West basketball tournament at Chaparral High School. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers have encouraging update on LeBron James’ injury

LeBron James in his Lakers uniform

The Los Angeles Lakers sound very close to getting LeBron James back in action.

Coach Frank Vogel revealed Friday that James is considered “truly day-to-day” and has been taking part in on-court work.

James has not played since Nov. 2 with what the team has called an abdominal strain. The Lakers have been reluctant to put a timetable on his return up to this point, but this is clear progress and a sign that James’ return could be imminent.

This should also put to rest speculation that James’ injury may be more serious than publicly known. The veteran superstar will likely be willing to play through any discomfort, so that’s not an issue. This early in the season, the Lakers won’t push him unless they feel comfortable doing so.

LeBron James reacts to Odell Beckham Jr. signing with Rams

LeBron James in his Lakers uniform

LeBron James sounds pretty pleased that another sports superstar is making the move from Cleveland to Los Angeles like he did.

Former Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Rams. He joins a loaded Super Bowl favorite that already acquired former Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller earlier this month to go along with stars on both sides of the ball like Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp.

The Los Angeles Lakers star James seemed hyped in a tweet about the move.

“Welcome to LA my brother @obj!” James wrote. “It’s GO TIME!!”

James never overlapped with Beckham in Cleveland. The four-time MVP James had already left the Cavaliers in 2018 before Beckham went to the Browns in 2019. But the two are still close friends. In addition to Beckham having appeared on James’ HBO show “The Shop,” James recently tweeted for Beckham to be freed amid the former All-Pro’s drama with the Browns. Beckham has also showed love to James with touchdown celebrations.

The two players will both now be competing for rings this season with their respective teams in Los Angeles, and James sounds thrilled to see it.

Photo: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James facing a ‘lengthy absence’?

LeBron James in his Lakers uniform

The Los Angeles Lakers will not have LeBron James for a few games, but there are some hints that he may be out longer than anticipated.

James is sidelined with an abdominal strain, and the Lakers have not put a firm timetable on his potential return. Coach Frank Vogel would only say on Saturday that James will likely be out at least a week, but offered no clarity beyond that.

James’ absence may be longer than that, according to a trainer who spoke to Bill Oram of The Athletic.

Oram spoke to former Lakers strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco, who said even minor abdominal strains can keep players out for four to eight weeks.

“Especially the way he plays, it’s tough for me to see him getting back under four weeks,” DiFrancesco said. “Then again, he’s a different dude, so I wouldn’t put anything past him. … These are such delicate injuries that can respond to rest with pain relief quickly, but they are highly susceptible to re-injury if returned too quickly.”

DiFrancesco also went into detail about the nature of the injury and recovery from it in an Instagram post.

It’s important to note that this is just one trainer’s opinion. The trainer cited in Oram’s article is not working directly with James. The Lakers’ medical staff may well have a very different opinion.

Initial reports suggested that the Lakers were simply being cautious with James this early in the season and talked about getting James back in one or two weeks.

It is worth noting though that James missed a good chunk of last season with an ankle issue. There are even some fears that his ankle injury has carried over into this season. The Lakers are likely being extra cautious with James.

Jae Crowder loved fan’s tribute to his taunt of LeBron James

Jae Crowder

Jae Crowder taunting LeBron James last postseason was a reminder that the NBA is truly where amazing happens. Now Crowder is showing love to a fan who immortalized the moment.

The Phoenix Suns forward tweeted a picture of a car sticker that he saw in the city this weekend. The sticker was of Crowder doing the salsa dance.

“DRIVING TO WORK AND SAW THIS ON MY WAY.!” Crowder wrote in his caption. “PHX I LOVE YOU ALL.!”

Crowder did the salsa dance during Phoenix’s first-round series against the Los Angeles Lakers last June. As the Suns were on the verge of eliminating the Lakers in Game 6, Crowder used the dance to mock James. The Lakers star had done a salsa dance for a recent Mountain Dew commercial.

Crowder is only in his second season as a Sun, but the sticker is a reminder of just how much the local fans love him … and love clowning James.

Photo: Feb 22, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jae Crowder (99) works out before a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James to miss time with abdominal injury

LeBron James in his Lakers uniform

LeBron James has had an increasingly difficult time staying healthy over the past few seasons, and the Los Angeles Lakers star will once again be sidelined for multiple games.

James has been ruled out for Thursday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to an abdominal injury. LeBron aggravated the injury during Tuesday’s win over the Houston Rockets, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reports.

The Lakers have not given an official timeline for LeBron’s return, but McMenamin was told the team’s medical staff “wants to take their time” with the injury. James has already missed two of L.A.’s first eight games to start the year.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, LeBron will be held out for at least a week.

James will turn 37 next month. He suffered a high ankle sprain last season that cost him 20-plus games, and that injury may have lingered into this year.

LeBron is averaging 24.8 points per game this season, so he is still playing at a very high level. That said, his health is an obvious concern. The Lakers entered the season wanting to scale back his workload, but they’d prefer if injuries didn’t force them to do so.

LeBron James, Odell Beckham’s father have message for Browns about star WR

Odell Beckham Jr warms up

Odell Beckham Jr. has been mentioned as a potential trade candidate ahead of Tuesday afternoon’s deadline, but the Cleveland Browns are not likely to move the star wide receiver. It seems like LeBron James wishes they would, and the same might be true for Beckham’s father.

Though Beckham has been the subject of trade rumors for years, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reports that the Browns have no plans to deal him. LeBron, who is from Ohio, showed support for OBJ on Twitter not long after Russini shared that news.

The #FreeOBJ movement is one that Beckham’s father has apparently gotten behind as well. On Tuesday morning, Beckham Sr. shared a YouTube video on his Instagram account that shows several instances in 2021 where his son has been open but had nothing to show for it. The video, which was posted over a week ago, features several plays where Baker Mayfield either threw bad passes or did not realize OBJ was open.

In addition to sharing the video, Beckham Sr. also seemingly agreed with a commenter who said Mayfield “genuinely doesn’t wanna give Odell the ball.” You can see screenshots below:

Beckham has just 17 catches in six games this season. He’s probably frustrated, but he hasn’t admitted it publicly. One legendary receiver recently sounded off about how the Browns are misusing OBJ. Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski also took the blame this week for Beckham only getting one target in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Even if the Browns were open to trading Beckham, his value is probably quite low due to his injury history and lack of recent production. They’re better off trying to find ways to get him the ball, but they haven’t been able to do that consistently since acquiring him three seasons ago.

Photo: Oct 21, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) warms up before the game between the Browns and the Denver Broncos at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Creator of hit Netflix series takes shot at LeBron James over criticism

LeBron James in his Lakers uniform

After scoring a smash hit TV series on Netflix, Hwang Dong-hyuk can now add a dunk on LeBron James to his stat sheet for 2021 as well.

Dong-hyuk, the creator of the wildly popular show “Squid Game,” spoke this week with Stuart Jefferies of The Guardian. In the interview, Dong-hyuk got in a dig at the Los Angeles Lakers star James, who had told reporters earlier this month that he did not like the ending of the show. He took a couple of hilarious shots at James, including a swipe at James’ own film career.

“Have you seen ‘Space Jam 2’?” joked Dong-hyuk. “LeBron James is cool and can say what he wants. I respect that. I’m very thankful he watched the whole series. But I wouldn’t change my ending. That’s my ending.

“If he has his own ending that would satisfy him, maybe he could make his own sequel,” Dong-hyuk went on. “I’ll check it out and maybe send him a message saying, ‘I liked your whole show, except the ending.’”

Dong-hyuk is definitely speaking from a position of strength. “Squid Game,” which was just released in September, has everyone talking and has already become Netflix’s most-watched series of all-time. Meanwhile, “Space Jam 2” barely broke even on its budget and was panned by fans and critics alike.

James still seemed pretty pleased with his work despite all the criticism. The same can be said of Dong-hyuk as well … even if James seems to be the only one speaking negatively about his show.

Photo: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James’ ankle is still cause for concern?

LeBron James in his Lakers uniform

LeBron James’ ankle injury derailed his 2020-21 season, and now there are some indications that the Los Angeles Lakers star is still not fully over it.

The Lakers added James to the injury report for Tuesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs with soreness in his right ankle. It is the same one where James suffered a high-ankle sprain last March, costing him 20-plus games.

Lakers reporter Mike Trudell notes that James referenced the ankle after Sunday’s win over Memphis. The four-time MVP collided with Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane in the second quarter. He was down for several seconds but was able to finish the game without issue.

At almost 37 years old with over 60,000 career minutes already under his belt, it makes sense that James might not heal as quickly and may be more prone to reaggravation. He did only manage to score a season-low 19 points on 7-for-19 from the field against the Grizzlies despite the Laker victory.

We know that the Lakers entered the season already wanting to limit James’ workload. Any flare-up in his troublesome right ankle will only add to their concerns about The King.