The four-time MVP once tweeted that his favorite part about New York City was playing in the Garden, and he'll get a chance to do so again for the first time since January 2020. He missed last season's game because of a suspension for a run-in with Isaiah Stewart of the Detroit Pistons and was sidelined for the game two years ago because of a high ankle sprain.
The 20-year vet needs 117 points to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for No. 1 on the NBA's career scoring list.
Anthony Davis, who also was ruled out of the Nets game because of the right foot injury that cost him 20 games from mid-December to late January, also is available to face the Knicks, according to the Lakers.
Lakers starting point guard Patrick Beverley, who had five points on 1-for-8 shooting, three assists and four fouls in the loss to Brooklyn, is out against the Knicks because of left knee soreness, the team said.