LOS ANGELES-After recording a record of more than 40 minutes for the fourth time this month, LeBron James insisted that he could handle the required workload after seeing the Los Angeles Lakers lose to the Washington Wizards in overtime on Monday night Dropped 127-124. he.
James said: “I think the whole narrative of’LeBron’ needs more rest, or I should rest more here, or I should spend some time here, which is much bigger than it really is.” I haven’t talked about it, I haven’t talked about it, I don’t believe it. We all need more rest, s —. This is a rapid change since last season, we all hope we may have more rest time, but I Working here, I’m here to pass the time, available to teammates.
“If I am injured or feel uncomfortable, then we can look at it. But I only have honest people [advising me], But I am also honest with myself and I am full of love for the game. Being able to communicate with my teammates is more important than anything else. “
James played 43 minutes against the Wizards, scored 31
He had only one minute and six seconds left in the fourth quarter and overtime, and scored 13 points, but he made 6 of 13 shots in this game (4 of 3 and 0), and Four of his eight highest turnovers in the game were in this period. He also scored 1 shot and 3 goals from the free throw line, including one and one attempt error. With 9.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter, LA rose by one.
“Obviously, I take full responsibility [for] James said: “I missed the free throw opportunity. I have to make a free throw there. It is very simple for us. But we did not lose the game. But of course I have to take the responsibility, and I have to become more Great.”
In the first month and a half of the season, Lakers coach Frank Vogel was definitely better at managing the playing time of the 18-year veteran. According to data collected by ESPN Stats & Information, before February, James averaged 33.3 minutes per game, ranking 43rd in the league and the least playing time in his career.
However, since the beginning of this month, James has averaged 38.2 minutes per minute in 11 games-the most in the NBA-and Los Angeles is struggling. Since Anthony Davis exacerbated Achilles tendinopathy, he has lost four of the past five games. The right leg of the field was strained against the Denver Nuggets’ calf.
James, 36, said: “I didn’t force myself.” James has participated in all 32 games in Los Angeles this season. “I won’t say that. I’m going out to play games. I’m doing my job, and I’m trying to do it at a high level, but it’s a narrative throughout the league.
“I have never asked for a vacation or have been on vacation throughout the season. And this situation is getting worse and it is no longer even my vacation. It’s like’well, LeBron should be on vacation’ or’why is his workload so heavy. I’ve been listening for five, six, seven years, and I’m still strong, so I don’t need alms, I don’t need alms; my job is when I leave when I have time, when I go out to play healthy Time, that’s all.”
James has never played such a schedule, but only 71 days of offseason.
Someone asked Vogel whether he considered leaving James out of the lineup to keep the Lakers captain fresh, and repeating championships is the team’s ultimate goal.
Vogel said: “We have been considering him throughout the season. We will make these decisions every game.”
Los Angeles guard Alex Caruso likened the Lakers’ current decline to the Lakers’ current landslide-a three-game losing streak throughout the season while missing Davis and point guard Dennis Schroder-like four games Los Angeles has entered a third of last season. Lakers center Montrezl Harrell (Montrezl Harrell) said the team’s struggle will cause “a lot of introspection.”
As for James, the soul of the defending champion, Vogel praised the work he was doing, even as the losses were getting bigger.
Vogel said: “He is the main force.” “He is doing his best for us.”