LeBron James could be back Friday vs. Boston

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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.
Source: Twitter @wojespn

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
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. – 11:30 AM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
“Keep going, bro. You’re going to play so long that people are going to forget we even played together.” – Dwyane Wade on former co-star LeBron James in 19th season. Wade sits down with @Stadium: LeBron, communication being key with Utah-Donovan Mitchell, new Memoir, more. pic.twitter.com/6V6NMLY9lH10:30 AM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel on if LeBron can play against the Bucks: “Day-to-day.” – 1:15 AM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
LeBron James has seen enough. He heads to the locker room while the Bulls have a 114-88 lead over the Lakers with 5:18 left – 12:47 AM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
The Lakers reportedly didn’t pursue DeMar DeRozan in part because they were afraid of the hard cap
With LeBron, AD and DeMar, the Lakers would’ve had $33.1 million in room left below it
They ultimately spent only around $3.1 million more on their supporting cast post-Russ trade – 12:46 AM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Seriously, AD should be the best player on the floor every night, and he’s not even close to that. Time for LeBron to drain this Los Angeles swamp! – 12:31 AM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Anthony Davis just got tossed. LeBron James went to the court to try to calm him down afterwards – 12:19 AM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Since Anthony Davis joined the Lakers, they will now be 9-12 in games with AD but without LeBron.
While in New Orleans, AD won one playoff series in seven seasons.
AD is a really good player and it’s November… but at what point does it become OK to expect more sans LeBron? – 12:18 AM

Candace Buckner @CandaceDBuckner
So strange that without a soon-to-be 37 year-old LeBron, the Lakers look like the 2018-19 Los Angeles Thunder Pelicans – 12:12 AM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
New video: Reporting on @SportsCenter on the Talen Horton-Tucker/Alex Caruso wrinkle to tonight’s Lakers-Bulls game and also, an update on LeBron James pic.twitter.com/5MU0Sof6i211:35 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I’ve covered the Lakers since LeBron arrived and in less than a month I’ve already grown to trust Carmelo Anthony and Wayne Ellington more from behind the arc than any other shooters they’ve had in that span. Not even really close either. – 11:14 PM

Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
LeBron and Caruso forever pic.twitter.com/UK5aShpHQv11:03 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I can’t wait to see LeBron play with Wayne Ellington. He just looks like exactly the sort of shooter that tends to thrive with Bron. Great at relocating off of others’ drives. Totally comfortable faking out a frantic close out. Just seems like that’s gonna be a really nice fit. – 11:02 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
The Lakers miss LeBron in every situation, of course, but here’s a specific one, where Chicago is completely selling out to keep Davis from getting any clean touches. Can’t do that with LeBron on the floor.
Bulls up 31-19, with Davis having attempted 1 shot. – 11:02 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Zach’s new agent is LeBron … just saying … – 10:56 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Alex Caruso with a long acknowledgment for the Staples crowd after the Lakers play his tribute video — and a bump from LeBron. pic.twitter.com/LZYxZA4lNH10:52 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Lakers coach Frank Vogel on how the team will handle LeBron James’ return to play: “We trust him to monitor his own progression.” LeBron still out for tonight vs the Bulls – 8:53 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Frank Vogel confirmed that LeBron James is out tonight, and added they they trust him to make smart decisions on when he’s ready to return. – 8:52 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel makes it official that LeBron James is not playing tonight. – 8:51 PM

LeBron James @KingJames
Purchased this vintage record(vinyl) player for the crib! Absolutely love it but it needs to be restored! Can anyone in LA help me out. It’s called *Clairtone g2 pic.twitter.com/6k6EVtpT778:16 PM

Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Lebron James out tonight vs the Chicago Bulls… pic.twitter.com/k00lLRwxq33:42 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Unless something changes leading up to tonight’s game, it looks like LeBron James is OUT again: pic.twitter.com/ZqXTlZfCd93:39 PM

Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
As LeBron James continues his recovery from an abdominal injury, a confident 1-word answer regarding his health should create optimism for #Lakers fans.
#LakeShow #LakersNation
sportscasting.com/lebron-james-c…12:30 PM

More on this storyline

Ryan Ward: Frank Vogel on LeBron’s status: “We trust him to monitor his own progression. … We trust him to make smart decisions on that.” -via Twitter @RyanWardLA / November 15, 2021

Harrison Faigen: The Lakers are listing LeBron James as out against the Bulls tonight. No other major changes to the injury report. -via Twitter @hmfaigen / November 15, 2021

“Soon,” a source close to James told ESPN when asked about James’ return timetable. The source said James is “progressing great” in his on-court workouts. However, Vogel said the 19-year veteran has yet to participate in a full practice or take part in contact drills. -via ESPN / November 15, 2021