LeBron James suffered a groin strain on Christmas Day game against the Golden State Warriors. The king was given the all-clear to boost his rehab from the groin injury. The Lakers are playing the Utah Jazz, and will do that without the king himself.
The Lakers have not released the final date for LeBron’s return. He will not play in the game against the Utah Jazz, that’s a sure bet. The team released a statement, noting that LeBron was continuing to be evaluated and assessed.
The official statement says it all
“LeBron James was evaluated by team medical staff and physicians today. The healing of James’ groin injury is progressing and James has been cleared to increase on-court functional basketball movements. A further update will be provided on January 16.”
LeBron was on the sideline at the Staples Center as his teammates were able to defeat the Detroit Pistons 113-100. The king will not join his teammates in the games against the Utah Jazz this Friday, the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, and the Chicago Bulls on January 16.
Los Angeles is
playing the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 18 before the Houston Rockets on
January 20. The Golden State Warriors come next on January 22.
LeBron and Rajon
Rondo are out of the court, and the Lakers have lost five out of eight games. However,
the win over the Pistons brought the team’s hope to a higher level.
Head coach Luke
Walton praised the players and their way of adjusting to the current situation.
“I thought our team showed a
lot of growth from the post-LeBron and Rondo injuries,” the head coach said. “There
were times in that game tonight where in previous games we would’ve bled points
and what not and started taking quick shots. I
thought our guys did a nice job staying composed, continuing to share the ball,
continuing to make plays. And ultimately, winning by
competing on the defensive end.”