‘King’ James On The Verge Of NBA Return

Jan 29 - by AFP for SportPesa News

The Los Angeles Lakers power forward has missed 16 games since he picked a groin injury on Christmas Day

LeBron James attends a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES

  • LeBron James is ramping up his training activity but no date has been set for his return to NBA action after a Christmas Day groin injury, Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton said Monday
  • The coach said he was preparing his team for a Tuesday game against the Philadelphia 76ers as if James won't be available
  • James has missed 16 games since he was hurt in the holiday victory over the Warriors, having never missed more than 13 games in any of his 15 prior seasons
  • Walton told reporters that James took part in three-minute, full-court scrimmages with the team -- the closest he has come to playing under game-type conditions

LOS ANGELES, United States-  LeBron James is ramping up his training activity but no date has been set for his return to NBA action after a Christmas Day groin injury, Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton said Monday.

Walton told reporters that James took part in three-minute, full-court scrimmages with the team -- the closest he has come to playing under game-type conditions.

"We'll see how his body responds to that, and from there we'll take it as far as making those scrimmages longer, or if he says, 'Hey I feel great, I'll see if I can play,' then we'll make those adjustments," Walton said.

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The coach said he was preparing his team for a Tuesday game against the Philadelphia 76ers as if James won't be available.

The Lakers face the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday in a cross-town clash before a Saturday showdown with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

James has missed 16 games since he was hurt in the holiday victory over the Warriors, having never missed more than 13 games in any of his 15 prior seasons.

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"He's not driving the lane and tomahawk dunking on people right now," Walton said. "But he's moving well and he's getting into the paint and shooting jumpers."