Published: Fri, February 01, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

LeBron James participates in full contact scrimmages, remains day-to-day

LeBron James participates in full contact scrimmages, remains day-to-day

LeBron James is back in full-contact defensive drills in practice with the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time since the four-time NBA MVP strained his groin.

The Lakers face the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday in a cross-town clash before a Saturday showdown with the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors.

In the latest report questioning Walton's job security during a rocky season that has the Lakers now out of the playoff picture at 25-24, ESPN's Jackie MacMullan said on the Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective podcast that James' camp has not been subtle about their desire for a coaching change in Los Angeles.

LeBron James is set to miss his 16th game with the Lakers, the longest he has been sidelined in his career. The head coach also echoed James' agents' comments and suggested that his forward is likely to return once he feels healthy enough.

In LeBron's absence, the Lakers have gone 5-10 and have fallen out of the top 8 in the Western Conference.

Lakers are reportedly 'determined' to acquire Anthony Davis
The Pelicans would have to wait for July 1 to trade Davis to the Celtics, though they have some of the better assets to get him. And that's largely what most expect to happen over the next two weeks.

What they have clearly lacked all season, however, is a spot-up shooter that can hit from beyond the arc at a consistent click. You're asking people to play more minutes than usually they play.

Before we go any further, let's get the narrative of "Oh this was not coming from LeBron James reportedly, it's just from his camp" out of the way quickly because it makes no sense.

Anthony Davis wants to be a Los Angeles Laker and Danny Ainge apparently doesn't care.

"I'm satisfied where we are and at the start of the season my expectations were to be in the playoffs, but given the injuries, you have to see that compromises you".

However, Paul Pierce believes the Lakers should not rush James back from his injury and give him as much time as he needs to fully recover. Tuesday's game against the Sixers marks the team's final "home" game (they play the Los Angeles Clippers two days later) before the All-Star break.

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