Worst-case injury scenario for LeBron James was 6 weeks
LeBron James has been out with a groin injury since the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory on Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors. While the best-case scenario was a three-week recovery, agent Rich Paul revealed to Sam Amick of The Athletic that a worst-case scenario was six weeks.
Paul noted that LeBron suffered a Grade 2 strain of his left groin, and they’re going to make sure the Lakers star is totally healthy before he returns to the court. While Paul said that LeBron’s status is day-to-day and he’s recovering well, they have not provided any exact date for his return:
“Now day to day doesn’t mean tomorrow or the next day (he’ll be back). Day to day means that after each day of his workload, we’ll evaluate it, and when he feels his best he’ll play. However long it takes, it’ll take. We’re not on nobody else’s timeline.”
James is definitely going to miss the next two games against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets, and he’s likely going to miss at least one more after that, which comes against the Golden State Warriors.
The Lakers just announced that LeBron will be returning to practice next week. A determination from there will be made on when he returns to the floor for game action. James won’t hit that worst-case scenario, but he’ll probably wind up out close to a month.