LeBron James Addresses Players Sitting for Rest During NBA Season
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 21, 2017,
Mar 21, 2017, 4:15
"It's tricky. He's pissed, but it's my decision, it's the medical staff's decision, and that's what we came up with", Lue said.
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers waits for the start of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. He may never be back in the locker room where he stood following a nationally televised game against the world champions.
For the second consecutive Saturday night ABC game, an NBA team opted to sit its stars in front of a national audience. I hate it for the fans. "I really do. But it is what it is for us from an injury standpoint".
"Teams have to try to beat us, so I'm not anxious about that". "I feel bad for the league. There are people with Blake and DJ jerseys all over the place".
The Cavaliers are known for resting players like James, especially when there are back-to-back games in their schedule.
"Obviously it sucks at times because certain games you only play in certain cities once, or you play certain teams once on their home floor, but for me personally, I want to play in every game", said James, who has played in 63 of the Cavs' 69 games this season.
The Wine and Gold continued chipping away at L.A. - tying the game on LeBron's runner with 5:06 to play and re-taking the lead on Kyrie's sixth triple of the night less than a minute later.
Almost every team sits their stars, especially squads that have championship aspirations. A week earlier, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr committed the same offense, declining to play Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala in a primetime matchup against the San Antonio Spurs.
And depending on whose side you're on - the good guys won in the end.
In both of their games this season, the Lakers played the Cavaliers close and gave the kind of effort that makes Lakers Coach Luke Walton happy. These days, more National Basketball Association players are staying healthier, leading to longer careers than many players in Malone's era enjoyed.
Of course, the Clippers would have learned more about themselves if Cleveland had actually played its top players. The financial obligation is not an issue as much as the team must decide if it wants to further integrate the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate into the squad with a view to the NBA Summer League and a training camp invite or if another player worth trying out is on its radar.