Lakers remain vague on how they will reintegrate LeBron James from injury

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersJames has already been ruled out until at least Jan. 16, which would mean he’d miss 11 games since he was injured Dec. 25 against the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers have two home games before then and could have as many as two practices in the meantime. But Walton declined to go into more about how the team would try to get James worked back in.“I got a lot of other things that we’re trying to get done between now and then,” he said. “We got a great medical staff. LeBron, as you know, he takes care of himself when it comes to seeing doctors and taking care of his body. So, as soon as he’s cleared and ready to go then we’ll get him back out there. But until then, we’ll continue to be patient with him.”KUZMA REVISITS ROOTSKyle Kuzma got to head to familiar ground on Thursday night, going to the Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus for a college hoops game.It was the first time since his college career ended that he wasn’t playing. The Utah Utes lost to the Washington Huskies 69-53, but Kuzma said he enjoyed being a fan: He gave away some Kuzmania T-shirts to the crowd at the game.Even in a state rabid for the Jazz, Kuzma enjoys some love in Utah. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “This is a community that kind of adopted me,” he said. “Coming in here, I was here for four years and loved every minute of it. People seem to embrace me here. It’s an awesome feeling.”Kuzma played three seasons for the Utes (he sat out his first due to eligibility rules), including two NCAA Tournament appearances. Two of his teammates from that era, Delon Wright (Toronto Raptors) and Jakob Poeltl (San Antonio Spurs) are in the NBA.“Super tight, I talk to the guys all the time, talk to Delon all the time, Jakob,” he said. “We were a brotherhood at this school.”Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed SALT LAKE CITY — In his most recent medical evaluation, the Lakers said LeBron James (strained left groin) was cleared for some limited on-court work, bringing him closer to at least participating in practices for the first time since December.And yet ahead of the Lakers’ game against the Jazz on Friday night, Coach Luke Walton was fairly tight-lipped about what that process will look like.“He’ll start shooting,” Walton said. “He knows what he’s doing. So him and his team will move forward as long as everything’s feeling good.”Walton didn’t elaborate much on how much beyond shooting James will do. And shooting is not necessarily new: Walton said as early as last week he saw James in the facility shooting, in between the regular treatment he’s been receiving from the team’s medical staff. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img

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