Los Angeles Lakers fans were filled with dread when LeBron James suffered a right foot tendon injury on February 26 against the Dallas Mavericks. With the potential for a season-ending outcome, fans were left wondering if they would see “The King” back on the court this year. However, James made a miraculous return on March 26 against the Chicago Bulls, just a month after his injury.
This speedy recovery has raised eyebrows and fueled speculation about how LeBron James managed to bounce back so quickly. Two main theories have emerged: performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) and a secret medical procedure in Germany.
Chael Sonnen’s Shocking PED Allegations
Former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen recently claimed that James used PEDs to aid his recovery. Sonnen stated on the ‘Flagrant’ podcast that he and James share the same drug supplier and accused the NBA star of using Erythropoietin (EPO) to boost his endurance.
These controversial claims have not been confirmed, and it’s worth noting that Sonnen is known for making outlandish statements. However, the allegations have still generated significant buzz in the sports world.
The Secret German Treatment Theory
While PED accusations swirl, another theory has gained traction, suggesting that LeBron James traveled to Germany for a secret medical treatment. Forbes’ Landon Buford reported that James underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy on his injured foot, a procedure that Kobe Bryant had received in the past.
Hints from Lakers teammate Dennis Schroder seem to support this theory. Schroder praised German doctors without explicitly revealing details about LeBron’s recovery. When asked about his return, James credited the “LeBron James of feet” for his third opinion, which led to his decision not to undergo surgery.
As the NBA community marvels at LeBron James’ remarkable recovery, questions continue to surround the true nature of his treatment. Was it the result of PEDs, as Chael Sonnen alleges, or did James benefit from a secret procedure in Germany? Regardless of the method, one thing is clear – LeBron James has defied the odds and returned to the court, much to the delight of his fans.