When will LeBron James return? Lakers star provides injury update

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When will LeBron James return from his injury and what update did he reveal?

LeBron James has missed the last twelve games for the Los Angeles Lakers. Only a month on from breaking the all-time scoring record in the NBA, James has only played a handful of games in the NBA – and even failed to rack up any significant time in the All-Star game.

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LeBron James provided an update on his injury and return on his Twitter

As of now, the end of the regular season is only three weeks away, and yet it isn’t clear when the injured Los Angeles Lakers star will be able to rejoin the team. Fortunately, coach Darvin Ham offered a positive update on his status ahead of Sunday’s game against the Orlando Magic: while he wouldn’t specify an exact timeline, Ham did confirm that the Lakers “anticipate him coming back at some point.”

James was rumoured to be set to be re-evaluated on March 23, however, his most recent tweet squashed those reports and concerned the Lakers faithful. LeBron wrote: “There wasn’t an evaluation today and there hasn’t been any target date for my return. I’m just working around the clock, every day (3X a day) to give myself to best chance of coming back full strength whenever that is. God bless y’all sources. I speak for myself!”

How have the Los Angeles Lakers fared without LeBron James?

How have the Lakers done without their talisman over the past twelve games?

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The Lakers will want LeBron back in case they do make the post-season

All things considered, the Lakers have played quite well without James. Since the trade deadline, they are now 6-6 with their superstar sidelined. That is not ideal, especially as they are currently seeded No. 11 in the Western Conference, but considering how poorly some of his other teams have fared without him in the past, a .500 record is far from disastrous.

The Lakers have a weak remaining schedule and are otherwise healthy. Assuming they can stay afloat without James, if he is back in time for the play-in round, the Lakers will be among the most dangerous teams at the bottom of the bracket.

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