While LeBron James has never had any major injuries in his 15 year NBA career, with his age growing ever higher, the possibility of a career-altering injury increases with every passing day. Lakers coach Luke Walton knows this and says that they are going to do what they can to prevent anything devastating from happening.
LeBron is a high usage player (rightfully so as the best player ever), so finding rest for him will be key. It may be sitting out on occasional back-to-back games, or skipping practices. It’s something that the training staff is more than equipped to handle, and it’s going to involve excellent communication between Luke, LeBron, and the training staff. If LeBron ever doesn’t feel right, he’ll probably sit out.
That will be disappointing for some fans, but we have to remember that LeBron James signed a four-year deal, with three of those years fully guaranteed. Keeping James healthy overall is better than having him feel uncomfortable during a game and risk a more serious injury.
The fewest games that LeBron has played during a season was 62 back in 2011-12. Last season, he played all 82 games for the Cavaliers and played in 22 playoff games. Averaging 37 minutes in the regular season and 42 minutes in the postseason at 33 years old results in a really, really tired man. However, we aren’t entirely sure that LeBron is actually human, as he doesn’t seem to be too affected by the heavy workload. Which is good, because if the Lakers have any chance of making a playoff run, LeBron James must be on the floor.