LeBron James a game-time decision, JaVale McGee out with illnesses for Lakers tonight

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe illness scare comes just as the Lakers were anticipating getting fully healthy. Rajon Rondo (who has missed 17 games) and Brandon Ingram (who has missed seven games) are expected to be available to play. Looking for a silver lining, Walton noted that at least neither player was sick.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.As for James, there’s a circus awaiting if he’s able to play: He told ESPN on Tuesday night that it would be “amazing” if the Lakers were able to acquire Anthony Davis and he could play alongside him. The comment has sparked numerous critiques, including a Friday report from ESPN that small-market GMs thought James’ comments amounted to tampering.Kyle Kuzma said James had not addressed his comments to him: “Nope. Not at all. Just to you guys.”At the same time, Kumza tried to defuse the comments by saying he could understand the sentiment to an extent.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers “I mean, who wouldn’t want to play with him?” he said. “I’m sure I would want to play with him, too. He’s a top-five player in the league. Michael Jordan would probably want to play with him, too. Everybody does.”center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs EL SEGUNDO — The Lakers’ training facility was split into two factions Friday morning: Part normal shootaround. Part quarantine.The most notable absence ahead of the Lakers’ game against the New Orleans Pelicans was LeBron James, who the team said skipped shootaround with illness. He’s expected to be a game-time decision for the 7:30 p.m. tip at Staples Center.The Lakers will be without starting center JaVale McGee for the third consecutive game as his flu-like symptoms continue. Coach Luke Walton also said Tyson Chandler and Ivica Zubac, the two remaining true centers on the roster, were taking IV bags on Friday morning as a precaution.“We got a sick team right now,” Walton said wearily. Walton said the decision to play will largely rest in James’ hands.“He didn’t come to shootaround so he is getting rest right now,” he said. “Knowing LeBron, he is doing everything humanly possible to get himself ready to be able to perform tonight.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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