NBA rumors: LeBron James out against 76ers

Dave McMenamin: Frank Vogel says LeBron James is out tonight. He woke up with some soreness in his left knee. Vogel says James will be day to day so that keeps his availability for tomorrow’s back-to-back in Charlotte in question.

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Harrison Faigen: LeBron tells @Mike Trudell that he's fine after grabbing at his hip during the fourth. He says he just still feels his rectus abdominis injury sometimes, even since returning. "I'll be all right... it didn't linger too much."
Bill Oram: LeBron James will play vs. Detroit, Frank Vogel said. James had been listed as questionable on the team’s injury report.
After the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks 109-102 to fall to 8-8 this season, LeBron James opened the door to making his return from an abdominal strain on Friday in Boston. "I hope," James told ESPN on Wednesday when asked if he would play against the Celtics after missing the past eight games and 10 of L.A.'s 16 games because of injury. "I hope." While Lakers coach Frank Vogel said James is "day to day," sources close to James told ESPN that there is a "50-50" chance he will be back in the lineup at the TD Garden.
Bill Oram: LeBron James remains out against Milwaukee but is getting his pregame work in with Phil Handy. This will mark the eighth straight games James has missed since Nov. 2
Dave McMenamin: LeBron James is officially listed as out for Wednesday’s game in Milwaukee with his abdominal strain, per the Lakers. It will be his eighth straight missed game and 10th missed game overall this season. As @Adrian Wojnarowski reported, it’s possible James will return to the court Fri in BOS
Adrian Wojnarowski: There's growing optimism that LeBron James could make his return to the Lakers vs. Boston on Friday (ESPN, 7:30 PM), sources tell ESPN. James has been out two weeks with an abdominal strain. Lakers start five-game road trip in Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Harrison Faigen: LeBron James is still OUT tomorrow, but THT is now PROBABLE to make his return.
Harrison Faigen: As expected, the Lakers have added Austin Reaves to the list of guys who are out. Rajon Rondo is still questionable. Frank Vogel told us he was day-to-day. Also as expected, LeBron is still out tomorrow vs. the Wolves.
Harrison Faigen: Frank Vogel, on his level of concern with LeBron. "Hopefully he'll be back soon... He doesn't know exactly what happened... He felt something pulling (in the fourth quarter)."
Shams Charania: Lakers star LeBron James is expected to miss at least one week with abdominal strain, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium . Lakers want to be cautious with James’ injury early this season.
Jovan Buha: The Lakers’ injury report for tomorrow against OKC: — Anthony Davis and Wayne Ellington are probable. This is the first time Ellington has been listed as probable. — LeBron James and Dwight Howard are questionable. — Trevor Ariza, Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn are out.
Mike Trudell: LeBron James continues to be day-to-day with the sore ankle, so we don’t yet know his status for Friday’s game vs. Cleveland.
Grizzlies forward Desmond Bane collided with James' right leg in the first half, causing James to tumble to the floor. The Lakers star remained there for several minutes as L.A. called timeout so the team's medical staff could check on him. For James, it was a scare involving the same leg that suffered a high right ankle sprain last season when the Atlanta Hawks' Solomon Hill crashed into his lower body while lunging for a steal. That injury caused him to miss 26 games and didn't fully heal until months into the offseason. "The first thing I was thinking to myself was, 'Not again,'" James said afterward. "Because obviously it was almost similar but not the same kind of play. Guy falls into my leg and there's nothing you can do about it and I couldn't get my leg out of there in time."
Can you go over what you saw in the reaggravation in the last game of the season? Dr. Brian Sutterer: You had to zoom in really close because they didn’t show a good look at it, but a typical, common, low-ankle sprain, a lot of us have probably done ourselves. The outer portion of our ankle rolls down closer to the ground. A high-ankle-sprain mechanism occurs when the foot points outwards in what we call external rotation, so the toes are pointed outwards, and the foot sometimes rolls in the opposite direction, so the inside of the ankle goes down closer to the floor. So that’s the position that LeBron’s ankle was in when he stepped on Alexander-Walker’s foot. The reason I was concerned that he had tweaked the original injury was that it was the same mechanism as his original high-ankle sprain. I think if this would have been the more classic low-ankle sprain, I probably wouldn’t have been that concerned because he’s shown us he can brush those off. But because it was the same mechanism as his original injury, that’s where I think there’s concern of how healthy that ligament is going to be going into Wednesday.
Do you think people aren’t making a big enough deal about this issue? Dr. Brian Sutterer: It’s certainly possible that he could respond well enough to where it won’t bother him, but I think it is something that could play a bigger role than people are talking about. You heard Frank Vogel say, “It’s not an issue. He’s fine. There’s no concern,” and of course they’re going to say that going into one of the biggest games of the year to not give the Warriors any advantage with game planning. But, yeah, when we see an injury that’s the of the same mechanism of what originally caused it, and we’ve already seen a setback in the last time he returned, you have to at least be aware of the possibility that he could be more limited than we maybe think going into it.
Dave McMenamin: LeBron James checks out of the game after appearing to tweak the same ankle that caused him to miss 22 of the Lakers' last 26 games. He was playing in the 4th Q even though L.A. was already all but assured the 7th seed, with Denver down 20-plus in the final minutes in POR.
Dave McMenamin: Frank Vogel says LeBron James and Dennis Schroder are available and will play in Indianapolis. Alex Caruso is available but Vogel says he might hold him out.
Kellan Olson: The Lakers are listing Anthony Davis and LeBron James as questionable for tomorrow's game against the Pacers. Same with Alex Caruso and Dennis Schroder. Indiana will have no Brogdon, Turner, Lamb or Sumner. LeVert, Sabonis and Aaron Holiday are questionable.
LeBron James: Getting close but I won’t be in the lineup tonight but more importantly I will be there to put that CHAMPIONSHIP banner in the rafters at Staples Center in front of our fans!! #No17 💜💛
His earliest return to the lineup is now Saturday on the road against the Indiana Pacers. James has been recovering from a high ankle sprain and last played on May 2. He returned to the lineup on April 30 against the Sacramento Kings after missing 20 games before he was sidelined again after two games.
Jovan Buha: The Lakers are listing LeBron James as out for tomorrow’s game against New York. For what it’s worth, he was listed as out the day before his return against Sacramento.
Shams Charania: Lakers star LeBron James is targeting Tuesday vs. New York for return to the lineup from sore right ankle, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. If not Tuesday, Wednesday vs. Houston is possible.
Chris Haynes: Yahoo Source: Lakers star LeBron James (ankle) has had two “really good days of workouts at a high level” and feels “great.” He plans to return Tuesday against Knicks or Wednesday against Rockets.
Duane Rankin: Frank Vogel, Anthony Davis and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said LeBron James (ankle) has looked good in his workouts. "He's dunking the ball" Caldwell-Pope said as James didn't play tonight against #Suns.
Ryan Ward: Anthony Davis on confidence level that LeBron will be able to bounce back like he did: "What I seen from LeBron today he'll be fine."
The Jump: LeBron expected to miss next 2 games (Ankle) "I spoke to a source who said: 'We're focusing on the big picture right now'" —@Dave McMenamin #NBA #NBATwitter #TheJump #LakeShow
It is possible James could miss more games, sources said, as he works through discomfort in a right ankle that kept him out six weeks until a brief two-game return that included home losses to Toronto and Sacramento over the weekend.
James and the Lakers will continue to evaluate the injury, and proceed cautiously as the Lakers ramp up for the postseason, sources said. James has experienced some trouble making hard cuts and exploding since his return from six weeks on the sidelines with the injury, sources said.
Jovan Buha: Vogel on the team’s comments last night: “We’re looking at everything right now. We agree that our team is a little shook right now. Obviously, it’s a tough blow to not have Bron again tonight. ... We’re in a tough spot. But we’re gonna come out fighting, I promise you that.”
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Darvin Ham has made strongest impression in Lakers' coaching search

The Lakers appear poised to make a decision on their coaching position soon, with Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson and former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts the finalists for the job that became vacant when Frank Vogel was fired at season’s end. But as the final round of interviews is set, sources tell The Athletic that Ham appears to have made the strongest impression yet.
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In terms of the Lakers’ preferences, sources say team officials have prioritized a coach who can command respect and authority from the locker room and who has a strong enough presence and voice to manage the varying roles and relationships across the roster. Those characteristics bode well for Ham’s candidacy. Throughout assistant coaching stops with the Lakers, Hawks and Bucks, Ham has been known for his no-nonsense style and ability to resonate with his players — attributes that have stood out in his communication with the Lakers thus far as well, sources said.