LeBron joins in full-contact drills, remains out vs. Suns

LeBron James joined his Lakers teammates in full-contact defensive drills at Los Angeles’ training complex on Saturday, but the four-time NBA MVP will still be on the sidelines this Sunday when the Lakers host the Phoenix Suns, the Associated Press reported.
Sunday will mark the 16th consecutive game that James has missed since he strained his left groin on Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors. Prior to this season — his 16th in the league – the 34-year old James had never missed more than 13 games in an entire season. The Lakers are 5-10 without him, including a 120-105 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday.
In his first season with Los Angeles, James is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 34 games.
The Lakers’ next game facing the Suns this weekend will be at home Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
On Thursday, the league announced James and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo were named team captains for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game after leading their respective conferences in voting.
James and Antetokounmpo will pick their own teams on Feb. 7 in a draft airing live on TNT.
As the top vote-getter among the fans (4.6 million), James will pick first, and the two will alternate picks until the other eight starters have been selected.
–Field Level Media

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