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LeBron James (ankle) returns vs. Kings

Lakers star LeBron James

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on from the bench as the Los Angeles Lakers play against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Capital One Arena on April 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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UPDATE: The latest update, via Shams Charania of The Atheltic, says what most people have been thinking: If LeBron doesn’t have any issues during warmups, he will play tonight against the Kings.


LeBron James has missed 20 games – the longest injury absence of his career – with a high right ankle sprain.

He could make his much-anticipated return against the Kings tonight.


LeBron James (right ankle sprain) has been upgraded to questionable for tonight’s game vs. Sacramento.

Though he’s technically just questionable and it’ll depend how his ankle responds before the game, the team probably wouldn’t have increased expectations LeBron will play tonight without strongly believing he’d meet them. Nobody with the Lakers wants that letdown.

LeBron has proven to be the NBA’s best player when healthy. The Lakers have 10 games remaining for LeBron – and Anthony Davis, who recently returned from his own injury – to get up to speed before the playoffs.

Considering what the Jazz did to them Wednesday, the Kings could present a nice reacclimatization back to NBA basketball for LeBron.