LeBron James will give his injured right ankle one more day off Tuesday when the Los Angeles Lakers take on the New York Knicks. James is aiming to return to play Wednesday against the Houston Rockets, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin.
Frank Vogel said James was fully involved in Monday’s practice, and while it looked like James was coming back against New Yok, the Lakers coach did not officially reveal his status during that availability.
“We did a few training exercises. We did a few short practice games and we did one and a full one,” Vogel said when asked what Monday’s practice entailed. “And he did it all.”
James missed six weeks due to a sprained right ankle before a two-game comeback against the Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings. He then missed the next four games in an attempt to rest his ankle.
James visited an ankle specialist last week, sources told ESPN, and has improved considerably in his on-court workouts without experiencing the “sharp pain” he reported in losses to the Kings and Raptors. He previously had a hard time making hard cuts and rising, sources told Wojnarowski.
The Lakers will lift their 2020 championship bathtub on the night of the Rockets game, and approximately 3,000 fans are expected to attend.