LeBron James is back in full-contact defensive drills in practice with the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time since the four-time NBA MVP strained his groin.

James will miss his 16th consecutive game Sunday when the Lakers host the Phoenix Suns.

James, 34, has been out since Christmas because of the most significant injury of his 16-year NBA career. He had never missed more than 13 games in an entire season.

James practiced with his teammates Saturday at their training complex, but won't return this weekend. The Lakers' next game after that is Tuesday at home against Philadelphia.

James was selected last week to be a starter and a team captain in the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte on Feb. 17.

Bulls rookie sidelined

The Chicago Bulls say rookie forward Chandler Hutchison will miss at least a few weeks because of a right foot injury.

The Bulls announced Saturday the first-round pick has "an acute injury to a sesamoid bone in his right foot." He will spend two to four weeks in a walking boot and will be re-examined after the All-Star break.

The team says Hutchison was hurt against Atlanta on Wednesday. He had his first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. The No. 22 overall pick, Hutchison is averaging 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds.

The Bulls are 11-38 heading into a home game against Cleveland on Sunday.

Currys to compete

The NBA's All-Star weekend is shaping up to be quite the family affair, with the Curry brothers facing each other in the 3-point contest.

Stephen Curry told ESPN he and brother Seth Curry of the Portland Trail Blazers will square off Feb. 16 in Charlotte, their hometown.

The Golden State star says the contest will be fun, but he knows his brother is "going to be gunning for me, though. That's the problem."

The NBA has not released the full field of competitors for the All-Star Saturday Night events. This will be the sixth time Stephen Curry has been in the contest and the first for Seth Curry. Their father, Dell Curry, a former Cavaliers player, was a two-time participant.

Taj Gibson fined

The NBA fined Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson $25,000 for aggressively pursuing and directing an obscene gesture toward an official.

NBA executive Kiki VanDeWeghe announced the punishment on Saturday.

Gibson grew frustrated after he was called for a foul when Utah's Joe Ingles drove to the basket during the third quarter of Friday night's 106-102 loss to the Jazz. He received two technical fouls and had to be restrained by his teammates after he was ejected with 6:41 left in the period.