The Los Angeles Lakers will be re-evaluating LeBron James on Wednesday as the star looks to come back from the unfortunate groin injury he suffered late last year. But, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the forward's condition hasn't improved significantly and he's going to miss more games.
James played 156 consecutive games before sustaining the injury against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day and has been out since.
The Lakers have struggled in his absence, which has been compounded by an injury to Rajon Rondo, and it appears they will have to wait on him some more.
“LeBron is not getting that much better, I know they say they’re going to re-evaluate him this week," Windhorst said on The Hoop Collective podcast on Monday. "I have been told it will be ... as of last week they were thinking it was going to be at least two weeks. He’s going to miss more games.”
Last week, Lakers head coach Luke Walton said that the team will be patient with their star player, who he knows is very capable of taking care of his body.
"We got a great medical staff," Walton said. "LeBron, as you know, he takes care of himself when it comes to seeing doctors and taking care of his body. So, as soon as he’s cleared and ready to go then we’ll get him back out there. But until then, we’ll continue to be patient with him."
Additionally, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported on Monday that the player will return to the court when he feels ready.
“LeBron James’ agent Rich Paul told me that when he’s ready to go, he’ll go," Charania revealed. "They were given a three-week injury timetable when he first suffered the injury on Christmas Day, and if it takes longer, it takes longer, Paul said.
"Essentially, when LeBron James feels ready, when he feels good, when that groin is finally 100 percent, he will return. Groin injuries, like hamstrings, are difficult.”
Latest on LeBron James and a groin strain that had a minimum three-week recovery. Tuesday marks three weeks, with a re-evaluation on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/SbfyPrpFV9— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 14, 2019
What This Means
There are rumors floating around claiming that LeBron could miss way more time than expected but those reports haven't been confirmed by sources close to the team.
There should be a bit more to go on by Wednesday, with the Lakers set to re-evaluate him then. But, by the looks of things, the player could remain sidelined for at least another week.