The Lakers are 24 – 3, at the top of the Western Conference standings looking unstoppable. Nobody is surprised that LeBron James and Anthony Davis make a monster duo, but a lot of people are surprised how good the Lakers look so early in the season. With LeBron turning 35 years old in two weeks and over 47 thousand minutes played in his career, a lot of people are suggesting it’s time to start thinking about the Playoffs and rest LeBron.
There aren’t a lot of off nights in the Western Conference, but if there was ever a time to rest Lebron, it is now. LeBron’s teams have a softer schedule while the NFL season is on. The league want’s a lot of attention on big games, so they avoid clashing with the NFL. With a good record and knowing harder opponents are coming, the King could take a break and miss a game here and there.
It’s great to hear LeBron think like this, but it wouldn’t be the first time James would sit out a week or two in December. Still, this season is very different for LeBron – he’s had one of the most extended summers in his career. After making the Finals eight times in a row, James played a career-low 55 games last season. His last game of the previous season was on March 29th.
That gave LeBron a lot of time to rest and get back in top shape for the ’19/’20 season. Still, father time is undefeated, and the reason LeBron missed so many games was also a first for him – a long absence due to injury. We’ve seen a lot of good basketball so far, but let’s keep our eye on the prize – a monster playoff bracket in the West.