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LeBron James is a self-starter. He’s the kind of person who would go into an interview and call “working too hard” his biggest weakness and actually mean it. He has made a career of turning good teams into great and raised great to championships, but that’s not what he’s doing for the Los Angeles Lakers. Right now he’s banging his head against the wall for a roster, even if he’s not strong enough to carry it. ‘ / p>

Anthony Davis is likely to miss a few more weeks as he recovers from calf strain Dennis Schroder has been ruled out – all losses – in the last three games due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols, making James not just the last high-end Goal scorer in the Lakers line-up but also the team’s only skilled ball handler The burden on LeBron of creating every shot for the Lakers was considerable
The Lakers made a concerted effort not to overexert LeBron at the start of the season, averaging just 324 minutes in his first eight games of the season, a number that has climbed to 375 in his last eight The logs themselves are just one Part of the story is what’s going on inside them that’s so worrying Ever since injuries and overtime became the norm for this team, James has been utterly incapable of taking possessions. NBA’s tracking data proves it

This is a player who recently said the words “I don’t get tired” He won’t ask for a breather Far From After overtime on Monday against the Washington Wizards, James, who turned out in all 32 Lakers games this season, declined has played off the idea of ​​fully resting

“I think this whole ‘LeBron needs more rest’ story or I should take more rest or I should take my time here, it’s gotten a lot bigger than what it actually is,” James told reporters after the Losing to Washington “I’ve never talked about it, I don’t talk about it, I don’t believe in it We all need more rest, s — This is a quick turnaround from last season and we all wish we could have more rest But I’m here to work, I’m here to turn on my watch and be available to my teammates “

James is so frustrated with the chorus of concerned onlookers asking him to take a night off that he delves into the whole concept, arguing that it is his job to play as long as he can physically is able to

“I’ve never asked for free time or free time during the entire season,” James said. “And it grows to a point where it doesn’t even come from me. It’s just like,” OK, LeBron should get free take “or” why is his workload included? “I’ve been hearing it for five, six, seven years now and I’m still strong so I don’t need a handout, I don’t look for a handout My job is to go out when I’m available, when I’m healthy, to go out and play, and that’s “

James Might Have a Point While a missed free throw at the end of regulation cost the Lakers’ game on Monday, overall there isn’t much evidence that he gets tired as the games actually progressed, his field goal percentage is in fourth Quarterly up from 39 percent in his first 16 games to 48, 2 percent in his last 16 overtime, it’s 50 percent, and while the small sample here is far from reliable, LeBron’s track record is bulletproof, and there’s never been any reason to believe that he cannot handle high minute values, and he has almost always dominated his own crimes

In the 2020 postseason, however, there were glimpses of a blanket when he played the fewest playoff minutes of his career by a large margin. He was 35 years old at the time already the seventh most minutes in NBA history No other active player is in the top 30 It could come in a month It could come in a year It could come in a decade But at some point Father Time will add another “W” to his unbeaten record

The Lakers may justify speeding up this process at the right price, but they have very little to gain by playing this way.If the No. 1 seed is not yet lost, it will likely be on Wednesday if the Lakers visit Jazz, 3 1/2 games ahead of them in the standings, with no Davis or Schroder in the lineup. Utah has played 20-2 in the last 20 games, and the gap is unlikely to widen until Davis returns The home court of a Clippers team that the Lakers share an arena with is essentially meaningless. Immediate wins are a luxury Health, as these absences have demonstrated, is a postseason necessity

James may not risk his risk if he plays so much now. His effectiveness could remain uncompromising in the long run. But why make this bet without a reward? Right now the answer seems to reassure James that he doesn’t want to rest, so the Lakers play him. If anyone deserves the benefit of the doubt, it’s LeBron

It must be argued, however, that this shouldn’t be a unilateral decision.Sometimes hard love served James pretty well.His former Cleveland head coach Ty Lue yelled at him in the middle of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals for more aggression lure We all know how that played out

It is unclear whether the Lakers would use James for the casual game if the option were given, his preseason workload suggests that it could be, common sense dictates that they benefit from such a scheme But at this point James doesn’t seem interested, he’s working too hard again and if he’s not careful it could actually become a soft spot for the Lakers

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