LeBron James won’t make Lakers return against Knicks

LeBron James will go the entire season without having faced the Knicks.

LOS ANGELES — On Monday night, the Lakers listed LeBron James as “out” vs. the Knicks on their official injury report, and they weren’t lying.

ESPN reported James would still likely face the Knicks on Tuesday. But a Lakers official said there will be no update to the injury report and James will still be out, saving himself for the woeful Rockets Wednesday instead of the physical Knicks.

That means James will not have faced the Knicks the entire season, missing the April clash with the same ankle sprain. The Knicks’ defense is considered the most physical in the league and perhaps James would like an easier opponent despite the game being on TNT.

LeBron James will not return to the Lakers for their game against the Knicks Tuesday night.
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James would have seen a lot of Knicks defensive specialist Reggie Bullock, a former Laker. The Knicks could clinch their first playoff berth since 2013 with a victory and a Boston loss.

“We focus on us,” Bullock said at the morning shootaround. “We go into every game not really worried about who’s playing for the next opponent or whose out there. We know there’s a lot of great players in this league who can get it going at any time. We go out and focus on whoever they put in those jerseys.

“I go into the game expecting whoever they put in the Lakers uniform to be able to play and play well. So I give credit to all their players.”

James will miss his fifth straight game and has sat out 25 of the last 27 contests because of his ankle, leaving the Lakers facing the play-in tournament rather than a direct entry the playoffs.

This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Marc Berman

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