LeBron James will miss the Lakers’ game Wednesday night against the Thunder, coach Luke Walton announced.
James, who is considered day-to-day, took his first step toward returning Tuesday. The 34-year-old star, who has been out since straining his groin against the Warriors on Dec. 25, did some shooting in the gym during the Lakers’ practice.
“He’s working on his body, his game, himself all the time,” Walton said, via ESPN. “But that’s the first time I’ve seen him shoot (since the injury).”
James originally suffered the injury midway through the third quarter of the Lakers’ win over Golden State on Christmas Day. He met with trainers on the court, appeared to tell them he “felt it pop” and then headed to the locker room without assistance.
James underwent an MRI the following day and said on Twitter he “dodged a bullet.” The Lakers, however, were reportedly preparing to be without him for “several games.”
Los Angeles inked James to a four-year, $153.3 million contract this summer. He’s averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 34.6 minutes per game this season.
The Lakers (21-16) have lost two of three games with James sidelined.