LeBron James, sidelined since Dec. 25 with a groin pressure, will stay out till at the least subsequent week, the Los Angeles Lakers introduced Wednesday. The staff mentioned in a press release that James didn’t journey with the Lakers on their present highway journey for video games towards the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday and the Houston Rockets on Saturday.
The Lakers have struggled with out James — and with out Rajon Rondo, their backup level guard, who was additionally injured within the Lakers’ highway win over the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day. Entering Thursday, the Lakers had gone Four-7 with out these two gamers and had been tied with the Sacramento Kings for eighth place within the Western Conference standings.
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After their present journey, the Lakers will return residence to play the Warriors on Monday — which, by the way, is slated to be Game 2 of the Warriors’ well-publicized DeMarcus Cousins experiment as he returns from surgical procedure on his Achilles’ tendon — however it’s extremely unlikely that James will probably be obtainable. The Lakers mentioned of their assertion that James “has been cleared to return to practice commencing next week, and progress toward a return to game play thereafter.”
James, 34, had been pretty indestructible to date in his profession. He appeared in all 82 regular-season video games for the Cleveland Cavaliers final season. But whereas the Lakers initially listed James as “day to day” after he underwent a magnetic resonance imaging examination final month, the staff has been dealing with him — and his eventual return — with warning.
James was taking part in a few of the finest basketball of his profession earlier than he received damage, averaging 27.three factors, eight.three rebounds and seven.1 assists a sport. A four-time N.B.A. most useful participant, he’s within the first 12 months of a four-year contract price $154 million.