As LeBron James nurses his groin injury, the Lakers attempt to cling to life in his absence.
If you've been paying attention at all, you'll know they've done a poor job. They're 4-6 in their last 10, with some losses coming from the Knicks, Jazz, Timberwolves, and Thunder.
The team has had to rely on their young guys, but they (so far) have not been able to produce the offense James left behind.
They need LeBron back quickly if they want to put themselves in good playoff position. Unfortunately, and shockingly, they might have to wait a lot longer.
According to Brandon "Scoop B" Robinson, James' return may not be as close as we all were told.
This is obviously the worst thing the Lakers could hear right now. With Rajon Rondo still out for a bit and the team reeling without him, not having LeBron for another month will severely hinder their playoff chances.
Rushing back wouldn't be ideal either, as it could impact the 34-year old LeBron in the future.
Officially, reports indicated that LeBron would be re-evaluated on January 16th, with the latest update saying he had been "cleared to increase on-court functional basketball movements."
As more information becomes available, we'll be sure to keep you updated. But it sure doesn't look good for the Lakers and their playoff chances for this season.