NBA He’s played more than 60,000 minutes
LeBron James might just be human after all, finally showing some signs of tiredness at the age of 36 and after 18 long seasons in the NBA.
The Los Angeles Lakers star has accumulated more than 60,000 career minutes between the regular season and the playoffs.
James played 43 minutes in his side’s overtime loss to the Washington Wizards (124-127) on Monday night and appeared to tire near the end, making some uncharacteristic errors.
At 36 years old, LeBron is averaging in the region of 35 minutes a night, a figure only surpassed by 16 players in the league, none of whom are as old as he is.
Over his entire career, he has never averaged less than 34 minutes per game, which surely has to take its toll at some point.
Nevertheless, King James insists he doesn’t need a rest any more than anyone else and isn’t concerned.
“I think this whole narrative of ‘LeBron needs more rest’ or I should take more rest or I should take time here, it’s become a lot bigger than what it actually is,” James said in his post-game interview.
“I’ve never talked about it, I don’t talk about it, I don’t believe in it. We all need more rest.
“This is a fast turnaround from last season, and we all wish we could have more rest.”
James stated that if he needed to he would sit out, but unless told otherwise he’ll keep on fighting for the team.
“I’m here to work, I’m here to punch my clock in and be available to my teammates,” said LeBron.
“And if I’m hurt or if I’m not feeling well, then we can look at it then.
“But I have nothing but honest people [advising me], but I’m also honest with myself, as well, and me having a love for the game and me being able to be available to my team-mates is more important than anything.”
The Lakers travel to face the in-form Utah Jazz on Wednesday night, and LeBron James is feeling strong and raring to go.