Lue doesn't expect James to miss either of the home-and…

Lue doesn’t expect James to miss either of the home-and-home games against Milwaukee on consecutive nights, though that could change. “I know coach Lue has said plenty of times and we said the same, at the end of the day we’re here to win,” Jones said. “And we’re going to do everything we can to put ourselves in position to be as good as we can be in the postseason.” And Smith? “We’re not playing for now, we’re playing for the long haul and if they can’t understand that, we don’t expect them to because they are not a part of this organization,” he said.

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No one currently in the NBA has averaged more minutes per game over their careers than James' 38.9. "They (fans) gotta understand this is not the 1900s any more, not the early style of basketball," said J.R. Smith, James' friend and teammate. "He's played the most minutes of everybody in history of the game, and significant minutes as well. It's not like he's out there with 10 seconds to go in a meaningless game. He plays meaningful minutes in a lot of games. Not everybody's done that and can't do that."
It's possible that had the Cavs' game against the Pelicans gone differently – like, no overtime, no five-alarm-fire effort by James in the fourth quarter – he might've played against the Heat. James' is indeed healthy, a source said, and "that's why he wasn't thrilled with the concept" of sitting out.
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Jordan Brand has unveiled Pelicans superstar Zion Williamson’s first signature sneaker and apparel line. The Zion 1 marks a new era for Jordan as Williamson represents the brand’s first Gen Z signature athlete on a talented roster that includes Luka Dončić, Jayson Tatum, Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal and Caris LeVert. “Words can’t really explain it. As a kid you just say it to put in the atmosphere like, Hey, I want my own signature shoe, but as you get older you see it is tough to get your own signature shoe,” says Williamson. “Things have to really go your way, and I just want to thank Jordan Brand for the opportunity because I don’t think it has hit me yet.”
Jordan Brand designers spoke highly about working with Williamson on his first signature shoe. “We are working with one of the most humbled athletes I think we have seen with the brand. His humility and down-to-earth manner were just refreshing to see and how he approached this entire process,” says Jarrett Mann, product director of Jordan Brand Footwear. “It was an 18-month process working with a 19-year-old signature athlete and the first Gen Z signature athlete. We wanted this to be the beginning of a shoe that bridges the gap from this generation but also have that Jordan DNA.”
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