LeBron James is expected to accompany the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday afternoon when the club plays the fourth contest of its five-game road trip against the New York Knicks.
Whether the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player will be wearing a Lakers' uniform or an expensive suit remains to be seen.
James sat out Los Angeles' 111-97 setback at Detroit on Friday due to what the team referred to as "load management" connected to the groin injury that sidelined him for a month earlier this season. The Lakers were playing the second half of a back-to-back set, with James logging nearly 32 minutes in the club's 111-98 loss to Toronto on Thursday.
The 34-year-old wasn't the only member of his team sitting out vs. the Pistons. Lonzo Ball (ankle), Tyson Chandler (neck), Brandon Ingram (right arm) and Lance Stephenson (toe) were also spectators as Los Angeles went on to lose for the seventh time in eight games.
Like the Lakers, the NBA-worst Knicks are limping toward the end of the season. New York dropped its eighth straight game with a 109-83 setback in San Antonio on Friday.
The Knicks played without point guard Dennis Smith Jr., who is considered day-to-day with a sore lower back.
"His back just kind of went out on him," New York coach David Fizdale said. "He had a couple of collisions there during the last game (Tuesday's 103-98 loss against Indiana)."
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