The Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who has been out on March 20 with a high ankle sprain, could return from his longest career absence in the race against the Sacramento King. On Friday night, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
James plans to test his ankle and decide when to play the game, the source said. He was listed out of Friday’s games but the Lakers upgraded his status to questionable Friday afternoon.
If James goes out on Friday, he is likely to return as soon as he meets the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, the source said.
Friday’s game was an embarrassing one in six weeks since Atlanta Hawks forward Solomon Hill crashed James’ right ankle while trying to steal the ball from the four-time champions.
At the time of the injury, the Lakers had a No. 2 record at the Western Conference and James, 36, was considered one of the top runners in the league’s MVP debate.
The Lakers have lost four of their past five games and are 8-13 this season without James, who averaged 25.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.9 assists.
Los Angeles, which started the season with a 21-6 record, now holds fifth in the West at 36-26 and leads the only game over the 6th Dallas Mavericks and leads. Two games in 7th place Portland Trailblazer 10 games left in the regular season.
James will join the Lakers, which since then have been added by Andre Rummond and Ben McLamore during his absence and also welcome nine-week missed Anthony Davis. His own injuries returned to the starting lineup last week.
“I don’t think my brain can process what opportunity comes from. [James] On the floor, ”Drummond said earlier this week. [back]I’m sure good things will happen to everyone. “
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin contributed to this report.