LeBron James says doctors recommended surgery for a torn tendon, but he will continue playing for the Lakers.
James led the Lakers with 19 points in his return after a monthlong absence due to injury.
Despite his injury, James is determined to help the Lakers avoid missing the playoffs for a second consecutive year.
James' teammates' excellent play during his absence and his fast healing process factored into his decision.
An unnamed foot specialist gave James a third opinion that led him to delay possible surgery.
James had only played in one game as a reserve in his 20-year NBA career prior to Sunday's game.
James is averaging 29.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 6.9 assists in his fifth season with the Lakers.
The Lakers had a rough performance against the Bulls in James' return game.
James doesn't know if he'll need surgery after the season, but he expects to have an MRI exam.
James kept the details of his recovery under wraps and missed five games earlier this season due to injury.
The Lakers could finally have their full roster available for the final stretch of the season.