LeBron James injury update: Lakers star (groin) to miss at least 4 more games

LeBron James (groin) will be out at least another week, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. The Lakers earlier announced James would not travel with the team on their two-game trip to face the Timberwolves on Sunday and Mavericks on Monday.

James, 34, has been out since suffering a strained left groin Dec. 25 against the Warriors.

With the Lakers playing the Pistons on Wednesday and Jazz on Friday, that would bring to at least nine games James will miss. The Lakers (21-18) are 1-4 in their first five without James after Friday’s 119-112 loss to the Knicks.

He “is receiving daily treatment by the team’s training and medical staff and continues to progress with his recovery,” the Lakers said in a release Friday, adding, “He will not travel on the team’s upcoming two-game road trip and will be re-evaluated in one week.”

James did some shooting in the gym during a Lakers’ practice this week.

“He’s working on his body, his game, himself all the time,” coach Luke Walton told reporters (via ESPN). “But that’s the first time I’ve seen him shoot (since the injury).”

James suffered the injury midway through the third quarter of the Lakers’ win Christmas night. 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, reportedly were preparing to be without him for “several games.”

Los Angeles signed James to a four-year, $153.3 million contract this summer. He is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 34.6 minutes per game this season.