LeBron James took a small step toward making his return for the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, as the team announced that he has been given the okay to ramp up his workloadon the court.
However, while any update on James is good news at this point, he’s still guaranteed to miss the next three games, and there’s a real chance he misses a few more after that.
According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, “James has done very little basketball activity since the injury outside of standstill shooting.”
And it doesn’t sound like James is planning on rushing himself — or risking his long-term health — to get back onto the court sooner (via ESPN):
While James, 34, could be in line to return in time for the Lakers’ game against the Thunder, he will take a cautious approach and is prepared to be out multiple weeks if that’s what it takes to return at 100 percent, a source familiar with James’ thinking told ESPN.
And from James’ perspective, that makes perfect sense.