KEY POINTS

  • LeBron James is raring to return, vowing on Instagram that a thunderstorm is coming
  • Anthony Davis could return first and may soon be followed by James if they are given the green light to play
  • The Lakers will have tough road ahead trying to keep their NBA title dreams alive

The coming weeks should be interesting for the Los Angeles Lakers, which have been struggling to keep their campaign afloat. A big reason for that is the continued absence of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, although purple and gold fans may not have to worry for much longer.

Davis could return as early as next week, while James may follow after a week or two. That is subject to change and will depend on medical updates for the two Los Angeles Lakers stars. But one thing is certain, and it's that the two are looking to return to action in a big way, with “The King” saying on Instagram that a “thunderstorm” is coming.

“The weatherman says the weather is changing soon and it predicts a thunderstorm is coming. Folks prepare and take the proper caution measures to stay safe,” James wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of him and Davis.

Considering the Lakers are facing a tough road ahead in their remaining NBA game schedule, Davis and James' return could be timely. But it should be noted that even with the two stars back, there is no assurance that Los Angeles can have an easier time ahead in their remaining games.

As of this writing, the Lakers are at the fifth spot in the Western Conference. They are 32-20, 1.5 games behind the Denver Nuggets. Their desire to win back-to-back NBA titles will not be easy to fulfill after falling behind due to a depleted roster.

But a healthy James and Davis by the postseason could erase all that. For now, it is a battle for positioning, with the Lakers just trying to pull out wins with the manpower they have. Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell and Kyle Kuzma have been trying to keep their campaign afloat, but more help is needed.

Another player who recently joined to add some help is Andre Drummond. He officially returned against the Heat and delivered double-double numbers of 15 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes of action. These are good numbers, but the All-Star center may have to do more to help boost the struggling Lakers.

Considering it was his first full game for the Lakers, Drummond could improve that when they face the Brooklyn Nets next. That will be an interesting game, although Frank Vogel will have to figure out something drastic against a talented Nets quintet that includes a returning Kevin Durant.

LeBron James Anthony Davis Lakers LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers react after winning the 2020 NBA Championship in Game Six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on October 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)