LeBron James to miss preseason opener between the Lakers and the Warriors
The Lakers have six preseason games lined up before opening the regular season opener against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena.
The 2023-24 NBA preseason gets underway later today in Abu Dhabi, but the first game on American soil will be tomorrow’s confrontation between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center (20: 30 ET). However, one of the biggest stars will be absent.
After Thursday’s practice, LeBron James declared that he will not be part of the Lakers’ active players for the first preseason game against the Warriors, but assured that he will be active before the start of the season. regular season. “Six preseason games, so hopefully I can get to at least half of them,” James said after Thursday’s practice. “But we’ll see. I think each party will dictate it. I won’t play Saturday’s game, that’s for sure, in the Bay, but we’ll see after that.”
About to begin his 21st season in the NBA, James is the oldest player in the NBA. The Lakers forward will turn 39 in December and head coach Darvin Ham assured that the four-time champion is completely healthy.
Lakers preseason games
The Lakers will have six preseason games before opening the regular season against the Denver Nuggets on 24 October at Ball Arena.
After the game against the Warriors at the Chase Center, the purple and gold will travel through the Western United States. The first visit will be at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas against the Brooklyn Nets (October 9, 9 p.m. ET), followed by a confrontation at the Honda Center in Anaheim, against the Sacramento Kings (October 11, 10 p.m. ET).
The games against the Warriors (October 13, 10 p.m. ET) and the Milwaukee Bucks (October 15, 7 p.m. ET) will take place at their home, the Crypto.com Arena. The last game will be played against the Phoenix Suns (October 19, 10 p.m. ET) at the Acrisure Arena in Greater Palm Springs.
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