LeBron James’ latest re-evaluation has him on track to practice next week.
In a statement released by the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced that James will not travel on the team’s upcoming two-game road trip, but has been cleared to practice next week and will be on track to return at some point after that. No solid return date is stated.
LeBron update from the Lakers pic.twitter.com/9oIGwqAQxR
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) January 16, 2019
James hasn’t played since Christmas and has missed 11 games with the nagging groin injury, which was quite worrisome at the time. The earliest he will return is Jan. 21 against the Golden State Warriors, but that may prove too optimistic, as the Lakers likely won’t want to rush James back into action.
Emerging American tennis player Frances Tiafoe pulled off the biggest win of his pro career and celebrated accordingly.
Tiafoe, 20, defeated 5-seed Kevin Anderson in the second round of the Australian Open, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5. After his win, Tiafoe celebrated by flexing his biceps like LeBron James.
Frances Tiafoe celebrates knocking off 5th seeded Kevin Anderson pic.twitter.com/DHctUidICu
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) January 16, 2019
In an on-set interview with ESPN after his win, Tiafoe said he’s a huge LeBron fan and was waiting for a moment where he could do the celebration.
“I’m a massive LeBron fan and I always see him do it. I was like if I ever have a moment where I can do it, I’m going to do it too. So I had to bring it out,” Tiafoe said.
Here’s LeBron doing it for comparison:
Tiafoe is one of the best young Americans on tour. He’s already ranked No. 38, has won a title on tour, and he’s now into the third round of a major for the third time in his career.
LeBron James was captured on video in an NFL locker room on Saturday, but it’s not the one you would have expected.
James was one of a few Los Angeles Lakers in attendance for the NFC playoff game between the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys at the Coliseum. Following the game, James was spotted walking through the Rams’ locker room.
— Ogbo Okoronkwo (@OgboOkoronkwo) January 13, 2019
James is a noted Cowboys fan, at one time saying he would risk missing a basketball game to watch the Cowboys in the Super Bowl. For what it’s worth, James doesn’t appear to be in a celebratory mood in the above video. Given his affinity for the Cowboys, it would be understandable if he wasn’t in the best of moods after watching his team lose 30-22.
LeBron James and Rajon Rondo took advantage of their time off due to injury by attending Saturday’s NFC playoff game between the Rams and Dallas Cowboys in Los Angeles.
Both Lakers players attended the game, as did Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. ESPN even shared video of James at the game, who received notice for his satchel/manbag/European men’s carry-all.
— ESPN (@espn) January 13, 2019
James is out recovering from a groin injury, while Rondo is out recovering from hand surgery. The Lakers have the day off and play on Sunday.
Even though he’s a Los Angeles resident now, remember that James is a Cowboys fan and won’t be rooting for the home team.
LeBron James will be out at least another six days with a groin injury.
The Los Angeles Lakers issued a medical update about James on Thursday. They said “the healing of James’ groin injury is progressing and James has been cleared to increase on-court functional basketball movements. A further update will be provided on January 16.”
James has missed eight games already since injuring his groin in the Lakers’ win over Golden State on Christmas. They have gone 3-5 during that span.
The Lakers play three games until Jan. 16, so James is slotted to miss at least 11 games. They have a game against OKC on the 17th.
LeBron James will be out at least another week due to his groin injury.
The Los Angeles Lakers issued a medical update on James Friday. They said that LeBron will not travel with the team on its upcoming road trip and he will be re-evaluated in a week.
LeBron has not played since injuring his groin on Christmas against the Warriors. The team has gone 1-3 in four games without him, though they were able to beat the Warriors despite his injury.
LeBron’s MRI following his injury came up clean, but the expectation was still that he would miss multiple games as the team played things cautiously.
Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand got a real kick out of his teammate’s LeBron James impression during Tuesday’s win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
In the first period of Boston’s eventual 4-2 victory in the NHL’s 2019 Winter Classic, Bruins right wing David Pastrnak scored on a power play and proceeded to hit the LeBron James stomp celebration. Take a look:
— Hockey Daily (@HockeyDaily365) January 1, 2019
Addressing reporters after the game, Marchand clowned Pastrnak by saying that he was thrown off by the celebration and remarking that Pastrnak and James were obviously similar, per Matt Porter of the Boston Globe.
Marchand on Pastrnak's celebration: "I was a little thrown off. I've never seen him do that before."
After learning Pastrnak was copying LeBron: "Well, Pasta and LeBron are very similar."
— Matt Porter (@mattyports) January 1, 2019
For his part, Marchand also had a solid celebration of his own after the win:
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 1, 2019
As for Bron’s celebration, we have probably seen it done better in other sports, but Pastrnak at least gets an “A” for effort here.