LeBron James on if he’s feeling worn down: ‘I don’t get tired’
There’s a lot of mileage on LeBron James’ 36-year-old body, but the Los Angeles Lakers superstar was downright defiant when asked this week whether he’s feeling worn down in his 18th NBA season.
The Lakers have suffered consecutive losses, dropping Wednesday’s tilt to the Philadelphia 76ers and then to the Detroit Pistons by a score of 107-92 Thursday night in an overall lackluster effort by L.A.
The notion that James may be dragging a bit for the aforementioned reasons along with coming off playing consecutive road games on back-to-back nights was suggested during his postgame interview. Suffice to say, James wasn’t having it.
“I don’t get tired,” James said, per Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen & Roll.
The Lakers were without Anthony Davis in Thursday’s loss to the Pistons, and James noted how the team has had to shuffle lineups at times this season without the benefit of sufficient practice time.
“We are definitely all adjusting to playing minutes with different lineups,” James said. “… I think we’re all learning on the fly with the lack of practice time. … A lot of our games are like practices for us too.”
A narrative emerged ahead of the 2020-21 NBA season that the remarkably quick turnaround from the conclusion of the COVID-19-compromised 2019-20 season to the tipoff of the 2020-21 campaign could especially impact the defending champion Lakers.
There was no shortage of expressed consternation among players and team officials about the compressed offseason, including from Lakers star Anthony Davis.
James was not a fan of the Dec. 22 start date, and his thoughts on the topic were made abundantly clear shortly after the league’s announcement.
Bron’s reaction to the NBA having the shortest offseason— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 6, 2020
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The Lakers concluded the 2019-20 season by securing the title with a Game 6 win over the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals on Oct. 11 in the Orlando, Fla., bubble. That means the team had only 71 days of offseason recovery/preparation time before ramping things up for another grueling season.
A report surfaced ahead of the season that the Lakers would face a delicate “balancing act” when it came to ensuring James had sufficient rest and recovery time following the shortened offseason.
That being said, James has long abhorred sitting out games under the auspices of NBA’s controversial “load management” practices. Even if James didn’t exactly tell the entire truth Thursday about how he’s currently feeling, don’t expect him to skip any upcoming games unless it’s for injury.