On Monday night, the Lakers listed LeBron James as “out” against the Knicks in their official injury report, and they weren’t lying.
ESPN reported that James would still likely face the Knicks on Tuesday. But a new ESPN report has backtracked, stating that James will save himself for the painful Rockets on Wednesday instead of the physical Knicks.
This means James will not have faced the Knicks for 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.