Lakers say LeBron James is day-to-day, but report says he could return Friday

PHOENIX — As LeBron James’ absence stretched to five straight games, Coach Darvin Ham stressed patience on Tuesday night ahead of tip-off against the Phoenix Suns.

“We’re in a good rhythm right now so there’s no rush,” Ham said. “There’s no panic mode.”

But according to a report during the TNT broadcast, James might return as soon as Friday night when the Lakers face the San Antonio Spurs in Texas.

The 37-year-old has been out since leaving a Nov. 9 game against the Clippers early with an injury, which the Lakers have called a left adductor strain. The Lakers have designated him as questionable for three straight games – on Tuesday, however, they ruled him out officially during their morning shootaround at the Footprint Center.

When asked directly if James might be able to return this weekend, when the Lakers have a back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday in San Antonio, Ham said he’s going day by day: “As of today, I can’t answer that question.”

But the TNT report indicated that James might have his own timeline, which has often been the case throughout his Lakers tenure. The four-time league MVP rehabs intensively with Mike Mancias, his personal trainer for the better part of two decades since his first tenure in Cleveland. More than once as a Laker, James has returned from long-term injury despite being listed as doubtful even on the day of the game.

The Lakers trust James to take care of his own rehab. He was present at Tuesday’s shootaround in Phoenix, and Ham said he had been able to get into the weight room to strengthen his adductor. But entering the night with a 3-1 record without James on this latest stint, Ham said winning without his franchise star has felt a little like playing with house money.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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