James was not at Lakers shootaround. Walton said he was getting extra sleep prior to Friday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPNApp).
“We got a sick team right now,” Walton said. “… We’re a little banged up but we expect for whoever is ready to play tonight, that they give us a great effort in front of our home crowd.”
ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk contributed to this report.