Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni will rethink whether James Harden needs more rest during the regular season after the superstar’s poor performance at the end of Houston’s Western Conference semifinals series.
My ESPN colleague Brian Windhorst has been covering James since high school. Who better to ask about how LeBron’s approach to injury prevention has changed? “When LeBron was a springy 18-year-old, he didn’t even tape his ankles regularly,” he says. “But now he invests hundreds of thousands per year on his body.” Windhorst reveals this fun tidbit: James has his own system of liquid nitrogen tanks to apply supercool cryotherapy to inflamed joints, and a black Mercedes Sprinter van with custom white leather lounger seats, in part to allow him to receive treatments on the go. On Slack, Brian writes that the days of acting invincible are over: It’s a nearly annual event for him to come into training camp with the goal of reducing his minutes. And sure enough, after he looked exhausted in the 2011 Finals and the Heat lost to the Mavs, his minutes per game declined from 38.8 in 2011 to 35.6 in 2016.