As the Los Angeles Lakers were preparing for 2018 National Basketball Association free agency, the expectation was they would use the two available max-contract slots to pursue a pair of All-Stars and vault their way back into contention.
It's important to note that Stein says Buss will not allow Walton to be fired due to the team's most recent bad streak. Without the 34-year-old superstar, the Lakers are 3-7. The shot missed, but Ball's foul was deemed to have taken place in the act of shooting, sending Westbrook to the free-throw line with a chance to extend the game.
In his first season in purple and gold, LeBron is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game.
Prior to James' injury, the Lakers were 20-14. The Lakers face the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night at home.
The Thunder have lost five of their last six.
While LeBron is expected to return to practice next week, the worries of reinjury will be plaguing the minds of the players and management of the Lakers alike.
The Thunder led by as much as 17 points early in this contest but the Lakers closed the gap quickly. It was the first time since the injury he took part in a lengthy session leading to expectations that he will get the all clear from the medical staff. This season's total already represents the most games he has missed consecutively in any season, eclipsing the eight straight he sat out in 2014-15 while dealing with back and knee pain. They were keen to strengthen further and were linked with a trade for Kawhi Leonard, but opted not to make a move in the hope of landing him as a free agent in 2019.