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Luke Walton Addresses LeBron James Injury Timeline

Luke Walton talks with LeBron James.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: Head coach Luke Walton of the Los Angeles talks with LeBron James #23 during a pre-season basketball game against Sacramento Kingsat Staples Center on October 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers have been decimated by injuries in recent weeks, with LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, and most recently, Lonzo Ball all going down.

James has missed 14 games thus far, and it is unclear when he'll be back.

It is already one of the most serious injuries that James has ever suffered during his remarkable NBA career.

If he returns in time for the Lakers' next game, which seems almost impossible at this point, he'd play a max of 68 games.

He has only played in fewer than 70 games twice: 69 games in 2014-15 and 62 in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season.

The Lakers are 25-23, and have slid out of the top eight seeds in the Western Conference with his absence.

Luke Walton addressed the LeBron James injury recently, and it doesn't sound like his return is imminent.

Via Silver Screen & Roll:

“We’re not going to play the next week expecting that LeBron is going to be back,” Walton told reporters after the Lakers’ shootaround on Monday morning. “We’re going to play and practice and get after it like we’re not going to have him for a while.

“Hopefully he gets back within a couple days, but that’s kind of our mindset when anyone gets hurt.”

James went down with his groin injury on Christmas Day in a win against the Golden State Warriors.

The team is just 5-9 in his absence.

[Silver Screen & Roll]