LeBron: Won’t be in lineup vs. Rockets on Weds.


Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James says he’s “getting close” to returning from an ankle injury, but he will not be in the lineup against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

“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!!” he said on Twitter on Tuesday.

Lakers coach Frank Vogel had said there was “sort of a soft plan” for him to return vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

James was a full participant in practice Monday, and Vogel said James did not term his absence from Tuesday’s game vs. New York as precautionary.

James missed six weeks because of a high right ankle sprain before a two-game return against Toronto and Sacramento. He then missed the next five games in an attempt to rest the ankle.

James visited an ankle specialist last week, sources told ESPN, and has made considerable improvement in his on-court workouts without experiencing the “sharp pain” he reported in the losses to the Raptors and Kings. He previously had difficulty making hard cuts and elevating, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Lakers will raise their 2020 championship banner on Wednesday night, with approximately 3,000 fans expected to be in attendance.

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