Report: LeBron James would have to sit out rest of year in order for his ankle to fully heal

Robert Marvi
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Although the Los Angeles Lakers are starting to take control of their best-of-seven opening-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns, there is still concern surrounding the health of LeBron James.

According to one reporter, the four-time MVP would have to shut it down for the rest of the playoffs for his injured ankle to fully heal.

James first suffered the injury just over two months ago in a contest against the Atlanta Hawks. He sat out several weeks, attempted to return, then went back on the injured list due to continued pain in the ankle.

He finally returned for the last two regular season games, but he looked limited, and there was speculation that he may be seriously limited throughout the playoffs.

Little by little, however, James is slowly regaining his old form.

After almost never attacking the basket in Game 2 against Phoenix, he did so with some regularity in Game 3 on Thursday.

If James is even at least 90 percent of his usual self not too long from now, and his teammates remain healthy, the Lakers should have a real shot at winning back-to-back NBA championships.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.