LeBron James Returns to Full Contact Defensive Drills

LeBron James
December 25, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton (left) instructs forward LeBron James (23) during the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James had been out since the Christmas Day game against the Warriors in which he suffered a groin injury in the third quarter. Since then, he has been labeled as day-to-day, but we hadn’t heard much information about his progress.

On Saturday, the Lakers announced that James had returned to full contact defensive drills since his injury, which is certainly a promising sign. The Lakers also confirmed that the forward would not play against the Suns on Sunday at home.

Brian Windhorst said on the Hoop Collective podcast that he expects LeBron to return within a week, which is promising for the Lakers as they attempt to make their way back into the playoff race.

The Lakers also said that Kyle Kuzma is questionable after not moving well during Thursday’s game against the Timberwolves.

Kuzma told Los Angeles Times reporter Broderick Turner that he was playing through hip pain during the last few games because he knew the team needed him while they were short staffed.

Luke Walton said that the forward won’t play if he moves as he did on Thursday.

Also on the injury docket was Josh Hart, who is a likely participant in the Lakers game against the Suns.

Lonzo Ball also had a comment about his ankle injury, saying that he felt like he had broken something in the immediate aftermath.

Whoever is in charge of the injury sliders for the universe, please turn them off. Signed, Lakers fans everywhere.

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