We all remember how bad the Cavaliers were last year in the 13 games for that LeBron James had to sit out due to various injuries with his most significant being a back injury.
So far this year, James has sat out just one game, and it wasn’t even injury related as then-Cavaliers coach David Blatt was looking for an opportunity to rest his start at the start of December.
“It’s how my body was feeling,” James said Wednesday, according to ESPN. “Last year I was banged up. It’s not a mindset, it’s just reality. This year I feel 10 times better than I did last year. So that’s the mindset.”
Tyronn Lue told reporters after the Cavaliers loss to the Pistons on Monday that he intended to rest James that night, and he wish he followed through in doing so. James had a rough shooting night versus Detroit, shooting 5-18 from the field and scoring only 12 points while turning the ball over six times.
One thing that may shorten James’ career are all the extra games he plays come playoff time. He’s made the NBA Finals five straight times, and has played in 178 playoff games in his career. James also told ESPN that has had some affect on him:
“I guess I’ve played so much basketball, man, feeling great, those days are pretty much over,” James said. “I don’t know anybody that’s played 13 years that you can say, ‘Oh, I woke up and I feel great.’ I feel great as far as life and getting an opportunity to wake up, but as far as me feeling like a 23-year old, those days are passed.”
Some of the numbers that can help pinpoint some of LeBron’s slow decline are his dunk numbers and three point shooting. Still, the 31-year-old James has been great this year, averaging an impressive statline of 24.8 points, 6.6 assists, and 7.2 rebounds per game.
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