“I’ll be able to cross the following day on Christmas Day,” James advised newshounds Thursday. “I’ve by no means neglected a Christmas Day recreation, and I do not plan on lacking one the following day.”
James sat out the general 8 mins of the Lakers’ 116-109 opening night time loss to the LA Clippers on Tuesday after rolling his ankle however indicated after the sport that he deliberate to play in opposition to Dallas.
James exited with 7:51 left within the fourth quarter and the Lakers trailing 99-92. He completed with 22 issues, five rebounds, five assists and four turnovers in 28 mins.
He elaborated on the revel in of enjoying in Christmas Day video games.
“People have opened their presents. Everyone is worked up. It’s an afternoon of giving for numerous us,” James stated. “And then being at Staples Center, I’ve gotten the chance to play right here on Christmas as a Laker and likewise as an opponent. It’s only a gorgeous feeling being right here.
“But it is not the similar with out the Laker trustworthy, with out the fanatics, with out superstar row, with out the brilliant lighting. It’s only a utterly other feeling. It’s simply strictly basketball, which is okay. But our recreation is leisure as neatly. And if you end up in the market, you hope to entertain some other folks are living as neatly. But we’ve got to do it. Hopefully we all know we are creating a mark whilst they are staring at the sport.”
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin contributed to this document.