Ben Golliver: Lakers’ LeBron James on offseason work paying off w/ 7-1 start: “I shot Space Jam for three months all summer and my call times were at 6:30 in the morning. I was in the gym at 3:30, 4 in the morning before shooting 12, 13, 14 hours. I know how much I put into my craft.” pic.twitter.com/PIK9tCXcLz
Amid a renaissance start to the season for both the Los Angeles Lakers as a successful franchise and LeBron James as a dominant player, James says he has no plans to miss games due to load management in anticipation of a postseason run. "If I'm hurt, I don't play. If not, I'm playing," James told ESPN as he knocked on the wooden façade of his locker after the Lakers' 95-80 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night. "That's what has always been my motto."
There has been internal discussion within the Lakers' coaching and training staff about how to find time to rest James, sources told ESPN. But James, who turns 35 next month, is loath to accept it. "Talk to my coaches," James said. "You know how many times me and T-Lue (Tyronn Lue) got into it in Cleveland when he wanted to sit me and I wanted to play. "I'm healthy, I play. I probably got a good 45 years to not play basketball."
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Jordan Schultz: UFA Reggie Jackson has drawn plenty of interest after his strong postseason. However, don’t rule out the #Clippers. League sources say the Clips are hopeful about resigning Jackson, who shot a career-best 43.3 percent from 3 this year and tallied nine 20-pt playoff games.
Jordan Schultz: Money will be a key factor for Jackson, especially given the #Clippers don’t have much left. But, it’s no secret he likes the organization and enjoyed his role. One sleeper team to consider is New Orleans. Trajan Langdon likes Jackson.