LeBron James begins on-court activity as he recovers from foot injury

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James holds a basketball during a timeout
Lakers forward LeBron James has begun on-court activity as he continues recovery from a foot injury that has kept him sidelined since Feb. 26.
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LeBron James’ recovery from a foot injury has continued to progress, the latest update saying he has begun on-court activity.

The Lakers’ star and league’s all-time leading scorer hasn’t played since Feb. 26 when he injured his right foot in the second half of the Lakers’ eventual win over Dallas. James hit the floor and said he heard “a pop,” but he was able to finish the game.

James spent significant time in a protective boot on the foot before recently shooting on the court for the first time since the injury.


The team said Thursday that James had begun “a gradual basketball movement progression” but that there was no timetable for a return.

Anthony Davis scored 27 points, D’Angelo Russell added 26 and Austin Reaves finished with 25 as the Lakers held off the Phoenix Suns 122-111 at Arena.

March 22, 2023

Earlier this week, coach Darvin Ham said the Lakers “anticipate him coming back at some point.”

The hope remains that James will be able to return before the end of the regular season, with the Lakers’ final three regular-season games being played in Los Angeles.

Yet James posted on Twitter “there wasn’t an evaluation today and there hasn’t been any target date for my return. I’m just working around the clock, every day (3X a day) to give myself to best chance of coming back full strength whenever that is.”

After their win against Phoenix on Wednesday night, the Lakers are tied for ninth in the West and 1½ games behind the Warriors for sixth place.