There are very few things LeBron James hasn’t done in his career. As one of the most accomplished players in league history, there aren’t many firsts left for him. But for all his accomplishments, LeBron has never completed a full season. Something he plans on changing this season.
On Tuesday, LeBron addressed how his body is feeling at this point in the season:
“I want to play every game as it is today,” James said. “We’re at 67. I don’t know what’s going to happen between 67 and 82. I want to be available to my guys tonight, then we’ll worry about Thursday, then we’ll worry about Saturday and go from there. I take one game at a time.”
“Like I told you earlier in the season, if my body continues to feel like it feels now, then I’ll be putting on a uniform,”
On the surface, it seems insane that LeBron would play all 82 games. He’s going to be needed more than ever this post-season and this is the first year of his career where a team has performed better when he sits.
Of course that is unlikely to last should he not be around to log the most important minutes of each game, but resting him still should be a priority. With the league changing it’s scheduling, playing all 82 games has become more feasible. In addition to that, there hasn’t been any nagging injuries that LeBron has dealt with this season.
The Cavs have had a lot of injury issues lately, so having LeBron available is a blessing. But the team will still need to be weary about putting too much on his plate so close to the playoffs.