Lakers News: LeBron James Told ‘Best-Case Scenario’ For Recovery From Strained Groin Was 3 Weeks, Considered ‘Right On Track’
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The Los Angeles Lakers’ best victory of the season came on Christmas Day as they defeated the defending champion Golden State Warriors on the road. Unfortunately the win was marred by the strained groin suffered by superstar LeBron James in the third quarter of that game.

James has not suited up for the Lakers since and the team has struggled mightily in his absence. Tuesday marked three weeks since the injury occurred and while his return seems to be nearing, a comeback before this point was extremely unlikely.

According to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, James was told that returning in three weeks would be the best possible outcome:

“They told us three weeks was the best-case scenario,” James’ agent, Rich Paul, told The Athletic on Monday. “And then after three weeks, if he’s able to play, he’ll play.”

While James will miss more than weeks before returning, his agent Rich Paul further explained it’s not a negative in terms of the recovery process, per Tania Ganguli of the L.A. Times

James’ agent Rich Paul said the 14-time All Star did not have any setbacks during his rehab, but rather is “right on schedule” in his recovery.

Because James has never really suffered a serious injury before in his career, there was hope that a quick recovery was possible. However, LeBron is now in his 16th NBA season and injuries like this can potentially linger on for a long time.

It’s important to be very careful and not re-aggravate the groin and put James on the shelf for even longer. The good news is that James is making progress.

After one evaluation cleared him for an increase in activities, the more recent examination paved the way for James to begin practicing. Though, he did not travel with the Lakers on their two-game road trip.

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