Los Angeles Lakers All-Star LeBron James injured his groin in LA’s matchup against the Golden State Warriors which surely changed the trajectory of the team’s season.
“It was the most serious injury of LeBron’s career,” ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne told me on the Scoop B Radio Podcast back in the spring.
“So that’s the start there, and for him not to be on the court, he’s not able to influence anything.”
The Lakers didn’t make the NBA Playoffs, but LA did get Anthony Davis via trade over the weekend.
James returned to the Lakers’ lineup at the end of January after a very strenuous rehab process.
What was that like?
“He takes care of his body,like that’s his number one thing.” Scott Machado told me on the Scoop B Radio Podcast.
“When it comes to basketball this guy’s a beast. Like the full game, he’s making sure his body is okay, making sure he’s lifting, doing aerobics work and you can see that, like for the little time I was there.”
The Lakers signed Machado to a 10-day contract back in March after soaring as a stud on the Lakers’ G League team where he ranked second in the G League with averages of 16.4 points per game, 8 assists per game, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 45 contests (25 starts) this season.
Machado saw the work James put in to rehab from the injury.
“I can only imagine being hurt, when I’m hurt I have withdrawals about being out of the game. Being him and taking his team from not being in the playoffs to the playoffs. To not be able to be out there with his boys so I know he’s doing 110% for his recovery. That doesn’t just happen for just everyone it shows the passion behind and for the love of basketball. Just wanting to be out there. I think that’s what he has.”