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."
Mark Medina: LeBron James asked how he's maintained his longevity a month away from his 35th birthday: "Wine." The reasoning: "It ages well."
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
August 4, 2021 | 6:09 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: The Wizards are sending Chandler Hutchison and a second-round pick to San Antonio, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Washington is sending Chandler Hutchinson and a 2022 second-round pick to San Antonio as part of a multi-team deal in the Spencer Dinwiddie sign-and-trade, sources tell ESPN. Brooklyn gets a 2024 second and a 2025 pick swap from Wizards.
August 4, 2021 | 6:02 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Free agent Spencer Dinwiddie is headed to the Washington Wizards on a three-year, $62 million contract via sign-and-trade, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.