Warriors Asked Lakers To Have LeBron James Shoot Free Throws After Lance Stephenson Ejection
LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

To little surprise, the Los Angeles Lakers rested LeBron James and several others against the Golden State Warriors in their final preseason of the game. James wound up appearing in four of six contests, though never playing in the second half.

SHOP NOW: CHECK OUT THE LATEST MERCH 🔥🔥🔥

However, that nearly changed on Friday night. Already without Michael Beasley because of an ejection in the third quarter, the Lakers lost Lance Stephenson for the same reason in the fourth.

Stephenson was fouled on a drive to the basket and determined by officials to have thrown a punch. With Stephenson no longer eligible to shoot the three throws, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr had his choice to pick from the Lakers’ active roster.

Seemingly in good fun, Kerr requested for James to shoot them. But Lakers head coach Luke Walton rejected that, per Tania Ganguli of the L.A. Times:

Lakers Coach Luke Walton said they requested James, who wasn’t playing. But in the preseason, those rules aren’t hard and fast.

“We told them no,” Walton said.

NBA rules regulate that James, who was on the active roster and being held out for rest (coach’s decision), typically would have needed to come off the bench to shoot the free throws. However, given it was a preseason game, leniency was granted.

The Warriors settled on former teammate JaVale McGee. He promptly knocked down both attempts, then committed an intentional foul so he could be replaced by Travis Wear.

The Lakers went on for a 119-105 comeback victory, led by 22 points from Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
and 19 points by Kyle Kuzma.

Want to get your content COMPLETELY AD FREE? Follow us on Apple News!

You May Also Like

Frank Vogel Discusses DeMarcus Cousins’ Presence With Lakers After Being Waived

The Los Angeles Lakers were finally able to make an addition in the buyout market by signing Markieff Morris, who was…

Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson Among Lakers Legends To Grace Slam Magazine Top 100 Players Issue Cover

Very few organizations in all of sports can match the level of history that the Los Angeles Lakers possess. The franchise…

Lakers News: Marcelo Huertas ‘Pretty Much’ Locked Up Roster Spot

The Los Angeles Lakers are currently finalizing their roster for the upcoming…

Bryant: “I’m Probably the One That’s Enjoying This Process the Most”

The Los Angeles Lakers are currently riding a three-game winning streak and…