It wasn’t until LeBron James consulted with a doctor he referred to as “the LeBron James of feet” — preferring not to disclose the medical professional’s name — that the Los Angeles Lakers star was assured he’d be able to return this season from a torn tendon in his right foot.

Two other doctors had recommended James go under the knife to repair his ailing foot, but the 20-year veteran opted for round-the-clock rehabilitation and training to return. He made it back in exactly four weeks, missing 13 games, in time to participate in the Lakers’ final push to qualify for the playoffs.

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the loss to Chicago dropped L.A. to No. 9 in the Western Conference standings, but only two games behind the No. 6 Golden State Warriors with seven games remaining.

James had 19 points against the Bulls, shooting 6-for-11 from the field, with eight rebounds and three assists. He also had five turnovers, and L.A. had 18 as a team, leading to 34 points for Chicago.