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LeBron James is moving ever closer to a return to the court for the first time since injuring his groin on Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors.

While the Utah Jazz (26-21) also won, and moved ahead of the Lakers in the Western Conference standings, the Los Angeles Clippers (24-21) are on a five-game losing stream and fell half a game back, keeping the Lakers alive in the race for a Western Conference playoff spot.

On the "Brian Windhorst & Hoop Collective" podcast, Jackie MacMullan of ESPN stated that there are rumblings in LeBron James' camp that they want a new head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers and according to Jackie and Brian Windhorst, who basically can place his bio next to James co-signed in my opinion.

James has missed 16 games since he was hurt in the holiday victory over the Warriors, having never missed more than 13 games in any of his 15 prior seasons. But the Lakers were unable to sign another star and while they were engaged in trade talks for Kawhi Leonard, refused to part with their young talent to acquire him.

James was selected this week to be a starter and a team captain in the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte on February 17.

"They're not going to take a shortcut to try get quick fix just to make the playoffs and give up. any of our assets. I just play basketball, control what I can control, come on the floor, be the best that I can be and listen to the people in my circle".

If the Lakers don't end up with Davis - maybe there's another team willing to take the risk the Thunder did when they dealt for Paul George in 2017 - it's not the biggest blow in the world.

Walton's staunchest ally has reportedly been Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss, a very good ally to have, but surviving on that friendship alone against the wishes of both your team's best player and front office doesn't sound like a tenable position.

"We'll see how he feels tonight, see how he feels tomorrow morning".

Adding the greatest player in the world is always a plus, but the Lakers have had a tough go of it, and James has had the longest injury of his career which has stopped him and the team from being as good as they could be at this point in the season.

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