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ESPN Insider Offers Update On Injury To LeBron James

LeBron James ties his shoes during a game in Brooklyn.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 23: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers ties his sneakers before the game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Matteo Marchi/Getty Images)

Earlier Saturday afternoon, the basketball world saw something they hardly ever see: Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James get hurt.

He's been the model of consistency during his nearly two-decade run in the NBA. However, he showed he was mortal this afternoon when he appeared to suffer an ankle injury.

He appeared to suffer the injury while trying to scramble for a loose ball. Atlanta Hawks forward Solomon Hill dove low for the ball and crashed into James' right lower-leg area.

The four-time NBA champion immediately fell to the ground in pain, holding his lower leg in the process. He remained down on the ground for several minutes before eventually returning to the game.

After trying to play on the injury, LeBron left and did not return to the game. ESPN insider Dave McMenamin has the latest on the injury.

He said LeBron is receiving an MRI on his right ankle.

Not long after, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said x-rays on LeBron's ankle were negative.

It's no secret that LeBron James spends a lot of money in the offseason taking care of his body. That has paid off during his NBA career as he's largely avoided significant injuries.

He's in the midst of yet another MVP campaign, leading the Lakers with 25.1 points per game. He's also adding over eight rebounds and eight assists per game.

Los Angeles is one of the favorites to win another NBA title and will be as long as LeBron is healthy.