Why is that the most important thing? “I’m not pushing myself. I wouldn’t say that. I’m going out there and playing the game. I’m doing my job. I’m trying to do it at a high level,” James said. “But that’s been a narrative around the league. I’ve never asked for time off or time throughout the season. It’s grown to a point where it’s not even coming from me anymore. It’s ‘LeBron should take some time off.’ I’ve been hearing it for five, six, seven years now. I’m still going strong. I don’t need a handout. I’m not looking for a handout. My job is to go out when I’m available when I’m healthy to go out and play.”
"I've never talked about needing more rest...I don't believe in it. I'm here to work and be available to my teammates." @KingJames answers questions about tonight's game and if he feels he needs to take a game off for additional rest. #Lakers
So far, all of those decisions have ended with James stepping on the court to play. He stressed he has not made that decision hastily. "I have nothing but honest people around me. But I’m also honest with myself as well," James said. "Me having the love for the game and me being able to be available to my teammates is more important than anything."
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
June 16, 2021 | 7:40 pm EDT Update
Sarah K. Spencer: As expected, Trae Young (right shoulder soreness) is officially available to play tonight. Also: Brandon Goodwin (minor respiratory condition) is out. De’Andre Hunter (right meniscus tear) is out. Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) is out.
Marc Stein: NBA spokesman Mike Bass after criticism of the league schedule from LeBron James: “Injury rates were virtually the same this season as they were during 2019-20 while starter-level and All-Star players missed games due to injury at similar rates as the last three seasons. While injuries are an unfortunate reality of our game, we recognize the enormous sacrifices NBA players and teams have made to play through this pandemic.”
The Orlando Magic have awarded $17 million in design and construction contracts for their AdventHealth Training Center to 33 local minority- and women-owned business enterprises. That amount is significant in that it represents nearly 32% of awarded opportunities, which is above the city’s recommended 24% level for minority- and women-owned business enterprises participation.
The 130,000-square-foot facility will serve as the Magic’s practice and training site. It will be on a nearly 4-acre site at South Division Avenue and West Central Boulevard, one block from Amway Center. Construction began in September and the $70 million facility is scheduled to open in the spring of 2022. It was delayed about one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
June 16, 2021 | 6:58 pm EDT Update
Warriors assistant coach Leandro Barbosa said coach Steve Kerr approached him about playing this season and doesn’t know why the opportunity never materialized. Barbosa, who specializes on the Warriors staff in mentoring players, acknowledged that the idea of him returning as a player after three years away from the NBA “wasn’t a joke at all” when injuries decimated the team’s rotation while the Warriors were in the playoff hunt.