And he'd better get himself back in the swing of things as quickly as he can- the two-time defending champion Warriors are coming to Staples Center this weekend.
"What I know of him, he's probably pretty locked in right now, ready to compete", Walton said before Thursday's game.
However, James shrugged off the praise, claiming "it just felt great to get back out there", having "worked my a** off to get back to this point".
James - who finished with 24 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists - had a driving layup blocked in the dying seconds of the game, his first since December following a groin injury. The superstar almost recorded a triple-double as he scored 24 points, recorded 14 rebounds, and dished out nine assists.More news: Trump says US-China trade talks 'going well'
Stephenson scored the fast-break layup on a feed from LeBron James while getting hit by Marjanovic, who was assessed a personal foul.
Fortunately for them, Lance Stephenson continued to make timely shots and finished with 20 points while tying a career-high with five 3-pointers.
"I'll gain my rhythm as the season continues, and I'm looking forward to seeing how I feel tomorrow". The current injury stint has been the longest James' 16-year National Basketball Association career.
The Lakers compiled a 6-11 record while James was out of the lineup.
The Clippers were already without second-leading scorer Danilo Gallinari, who sat out his seventh consecutive game because of a back injury. Then the Lakers return home for two days before embarking on a four-game, seven-day road trip through Indiana, Boston, Philadelphia and Atlanta.