James, 38, concluded his season by scoring 40 points in a Game 4 season-ending loss to the Nuggets in the Western Conference finals. So while the foot may have been bugging him, you’d never know it.
Still, James suffered a torn tendon in the foot earlier in the season, causing him to miss a month, and it never really seemed right after that, he admitted to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
James said that he will get the foot checked out and indicated surgery could be an option.
“I’m going to get an MRI on it and see how the tendon either healed or not healed and go from there,” James told McMenamin. “We’ll see what happens.”
There is also the possibility that the foot could require nothing more than rehab, avoiding surgery altogether, per McMenamin.
While James is hinting at retirement after 20 years, four championships and becoming the NBA all-time scoring leader, sources who spoke to Hoops Wire predicted he will be back in 2023-24. But one cautioned it might be a different story if his foot needs surgery.
— Hoops Wire (@WireHoops) May 23, 2023