LeBron James' anticipated return from a 20-game absence due to a high-ankle sprain has arrived.
James last played March 20. The future Hall of Famer's five-plus week absence is the longest of his career.
The 36-year-old was in the midst of an MVP-caliber season before spraining his ankle, with averages of 25.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.9 assists in 41 games.
The Lakers (36-26) have avoided dropping into the Western Conference's play-in tournament picture by managing an 8-12 record in James' absence. L.A. was also without Anthony Davis for a prolonged period due to a calf strain during the time James was sidelined.