The Los Angeles Lakers could have LeBron James back on the active roster before the end of the regular season, according to multiple reports.
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On Thursday, the team announced that James has begun to progress with on-court activity and is in a "gradual progression of basketball movement," while NBA on TNT's Chris Haynes reports that James hopes to return for the final games of the season. Season 2022-23.
Lakers are still in the fight despite the absence of LeBron
James has been out of the lineup since the end of february due to a tendon injury in his right foot, but the Lakers have remained at the center of the Play-In Tournament chase with a 7-6 record during his absence. At 36-37, Los Angeles has won three of its last five games and is XNUMXth in the Western Conference standings, but only a game and a half behind the sixth-seeded Golden State Warriors.
James played 37 minutes in the Lakers' 111-108 win in Dallas on February 26, helping Los Angeles rally from a 27-point deficit. But he walked out of the arena with a pronounced limp.
He leads the Lakers in scoring at 29.5 points per game, and he said at the All-Star break earlier this month that the team's final streak this season would be one of the biggest games he's ever played, noting he didn't want to miss it. the postseason for the second year in a row.
Notably, Anthony Davis has improved admirably during James' absence, posting 26.3 ppg, 12.6 rpg, 2.8 apg and 2.1 bpg, appearing in 10 of the Lakers' 12 games without James.