LOOK: LeBron James ramps up work at practice
NBA.com Global on Jan 30, 2019 07:26 AM
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)
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LeBron James continues to make progress in his groin injury rehabilitation work. While the Los Angeles Lakers aren't quite ready to declare James ready to play yet, his status is trending toward a return to the court.
After Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) practice, Lakers coach Luke Walton said the team would take a "day-to-day" approach with James' availability (he is listed as out for tonight's game against the Philadelphia 76ers). Additionally, several news outlets reported the Lakers' star could suit up Thursday (Friday, PHL time) against the LA Clippers.
LeBron is also officially out for tonight; Walton said he did everything in shootaround and felt good after ramping up the last couple of practices. https://t.co/zYKnDdudvL— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 29, 2019
Here's more from Tania Ganguli and Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times on James possibly playing Thursday (Friday, PHL time):
Walton was asked for a status report on James, whose earliest return would be Thursday night against the Clippers. According to several sources familiar with James’ rehab, the Lakers are hopeful James could return Thursday.
James participated in some full-contact portions of practice Saturday, the first time he had done so since he was injured.
He would like to practice a few more times before playing in a game, according to several sources with knowledge of his recovery that were not authorized to speak publicly on James’ injury.
Walton said that James is moving well, getting into the paint and shooting jumpers, if not driving aggressively to the rim and looking for tomahawk jams. When the media was let in after Monday's practice was over, James was seen nailing three-pointers around the line and then from 5-to-10 feet beyond it, writes Mike Trudell of Lakers.com.
“He did more ... we did some more up and down contact today, so the day before was half court contact, today we got up and down a little bit, did some short scrimmages," Walton said. "He did that, and we just got a bunch of shots up.”
James took part in some short, three-minute scrimmages on Monday. Those sessions were full-go and were the closest James had gotten to replicating game action, Walton said.
James put a post on Instagram yesterday that made it appear as if he's getting closer to his return, writing: "Almost that time again! I’ve missed you so damn much! #BeenACagedAngryLion. #striveforgreatness #jamesgang"