Report: Lakers hope LeBron James returns against Clippers on Thursday

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Attention has turned to the superstar the Lakers could acquire: Anthony Davis.

How about the superstar the Lakers could get back? LeBron James seems close to returning from his groin injury.

Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times:

The Lakers have gone 6-10 without LeBron and slipped to ninth in the Western Conference – one spot behind the Clippers. So, this a reasonably big game. (First, the Lakers also play the 76ers tomorrow.)

LeBron’s agent, Rich Paul, said nearly two weeks ago LeBron would play it were the playoffs. With the Lakers falling in the standings, does LeBron feel an urgency to return? Or is the hope he’ll be fully by Thursday?

Groin injuries can easily linger and worsen if the player isn’t fully recovered before returning. The Lakers need LeBron, but not if he’s risking his future health.