LeBron James takes another step forward in recovery from injury, drops possible hint in new Instagram post

Brad Sullivan
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The Los Angeles Lakers received some positive news on Tuesday, as superstar forward LeBron James was able to complete some on-court work for the first time since his injury.

He also shared an Instagram post that indicates that it’s only a matter of time before his return.


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James injured a tendon in his right foot during the Lakers’ win over the Dallas Mavericks on Feb. 26. He was able to help the Lakers win that game but hasn’t played since.

Despite James’ absence, the Lakers have been able to keep their head above water as they aim toward a potential playoff berth. They’ve won four of their last seven games without James in the lineup. Still, they need him back as quickly as possible.

Over the course of his 20 seasons in the NBA, James has generally been one of the more durable players in the league. That reputation has slipped in recent years due to injuries, though James is surely intent on getting back as soon as he can this season.

One look at his numbers in the 2022-23 campaign offers the chief reason why the Lakers also want that return to happen quickly. In 47 games, James is averaging 29.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game.

Numbers like those are hard to come by, which puts an added burden on James’ Lakers teammates during his absence.

The fact that James wasn’t seen engaging in any strenuous movements on Tuesday may indicate that he still has some work to do before returning. Still, simply seeing James back on the court has to give his teammates some added motivation to keep the Lakers in the hunt for the postseason.

Only 14 games are left in L.A.’s regular season, and the Lakers are currently in a three-way tie for the ninth-best record in the Western Conference.

The Utah Jazz are just a half-game behind that trio of teams, so the cluster will be fascinating to watch over the next month or so.

However, for now, the Lakers have to focus their energy on Tuesday night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans. For James, all he can do right now is continue to rehab and hope for the best.

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Brad is a freelance writer for LakersDaily.com, who can clearly recall watching Lakers games in 1972 as they captured the first of their 11 Los Angeles-based titles. The franchise's evolution into a beloved and iconic franchise among its fan base since that memorable year allows for a wider perspective to be a part of his writing about the team's current fortunes.