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LeBron James eyes Thursday return

Updated: February 26, 2014, 12:53 AM ET
By Michael Wallace | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- LeBron James participated in his first practice Tuesday since breaking his nose last week and hopes to return for the Miami Heat's game Thursday against the New York Knicks.

James was off limits during the Heat's full-contact portions of scrimmage work, so he did not wear a protective mask. But he said he's been fitted for one and will wear it in games the next few weeks.

"Every day is better," James said. "It's getting better, but I haven't been hit on it, either. ...

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