Darvin Ham provides positive update on LeBron James and his recovery from injury

Zach Stevens
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When LeBron James went down with a right foot tendon injury in late February, many assumed that the Los Angeles Lakers’ chances of making the playoffs were all but gone.

But they have won four of the six games he has missed since then, and according to Lakers head coach Darvin Ham, James seems to be progressing nicely. He was also seen on Sunday without a walking boot.

The four-time MVP was seen making his way into Crypto.com Arena on Sunday for his team’s game against the New York Knicks, and he seemed to be walking pretty normally.

At the time of the injury, the Lakers announced that he would be re-evaluated about three weeks later, which means the earliest he could realistically return would be near the end of March.

Over most of the past two seasons, they wouldn’t have been able to win the majority of their games without him. However, this is a different Lakers team.

Last month’s miraculous Russell Westbrook trade brought them point guard D’Angelo Russell, forward Jarred Vanderbilt and shooting guard Malik Beasley, and an earlier trade also netted them forward Rui Hachimura. All of a sudden, they’re a deep squad that features several supporting players who can provide supplementary scoring, ball-handling and facilitating.

In Friday’s win over the Toronto Raptors, L.A.’s bench scored 61 points, which is a feat that was unthinkable over the past two to three seasons.

The Purple and Gold have also been getting it done on the defensive end, as they have possessed the NBA’s best defensive rating since the trade deadline.

At ninth place in the Western Conference, the Lakers have been climbing the standings even without James, and they are within striking distance of getting the sixth spot, which they have said is their goal.

If James returns soon enough, they could be a very scary team once the NBA playoffs start.

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Zach has always had a profound love and respect for the Lakers that has inspired him to write about the franchise. He has a great deal of admiration for LeBron James, and his overall knowledge about the NBA has made him a solid addition to the Lakers Daily staff.