LeBron back in full-contact drills, but will miss 16th game

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 27, 2019 08:58 AM
LeBron back in full-contact drills, but will miss 16th game
FILE - LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shakes hands with fans as he walks off the court after the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 14, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James is back in full-contact defensive drills in practice with the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time since the four-time NBA MVP strained his groin.

James will miss his 16th consecutive game Sunday (Monday, PHL time) when the Lakers host the Phoenix Suns.

The 34-year-old James has been out since Christmas (Dec. 26, PHL time) due to the most significant injury of his 16-year NBA career. He had never missed more than 13 games in an entire season.

James practiced with his teammates Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) at their training complex, but won’t return this weekend. The Lakers’ next game after that is Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) at home against Philadelphia.

James was selected this week to be a starter and a team captain in the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte on Feb. 17 (Feb. 18, PHL time).

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