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LeBron to return from left groin strain vs. Clippers

James has missed 17 games since suffering the injury on Christmas Day

From NBA Twitter and media reports

Lakers fans, the wait is over.

… Well one of them, anyway.

LeBron James will return to action Thursday against the Clippers (10:30 ET | NBA LP).

The news was first reported by Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports. James, recently crowned top vote-getter and a captain for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 34.6 minutes for L.A.