The Los Angeles Lakers have been struggling a bit without superstar LeBron James on the court. But they now have a clearer timeline of when their star player will be ready to return.
On Thursday, the Lakers released a medical update on LeBron James and revealed that the groin injury he suffered several weeks ago is “progressing.”
The Lakers stated that LeBron has been cleared to “increase on-court functional basketball movements” and will provide a new update on January 16.
Unfortunately for the Lakers, they have three more games before January 16, and two road games in a three days after that.
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Since suffering the groin injury against the Golden State Warriors on December 25, James has missed eight games.
The Lakers went 3-5 in those games and are coming off back-to-back wins over the Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons.
LA’s next game will be on Friday against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena, followed by two home games against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls.