LeBron James has been out with a groin injury since Christmas Day, when he helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a big upset win over the Golden State Warriors.
He hasn't appeared for the team since, and his absence has led to a serious slide for the team.
The Lakers were solidly in the playoff picture back in December, but are now on the outside looking in, with a 5-9 record in his absence.
The team has also lost Rajon Rondo and, most recently, Lonzo Ball to injury.
The 34-year old NBA great will miss the team's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow night. However, his status after that is up in the air, which is good news for the Lakers.
He is not being ruled out for Sunday's game with Western Conference basement dweller Phoenix, and even participated in practice today.
Luke Walton discussed LeBron James' status after today's practice.
From The Athletic's Bill Oram:
That's a step forward from what Walton had to say about his star forward just two days ago, when he said the team was preparing as if it will not have James for the foreseeable future.
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.”
Hopefully LeBron's return is on the horizon. The NBA is way, way more fun with him on the court.