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Lakers resting LeBron James against Pistons

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MARCH 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers rests and takes a drink on the bench during a game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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LeBron James 10 days ago: “Unless I’m hurt, I’m not sitting games.”

He and the Lakers since agreed to a revised plan that included LeBron possibly sitting one game of back-to-backs. Apparently that’ll happen.

After playing against the Raptors yesterday, LeBron is out against the Pistons tonight.


This is the smart way to handle a 34-year-old with high mileage during a lost season. The Lakers must gear up for next season.

Not incidentally, resting LeBron also helps the Lakers improve their draft position.

Yesterday’s game in Toronto was nationally televised, making sitting in Detroit the easy choice between the two.

The Lakers have two sets of back-to-backs remaining:

  • March 26 and 27: vs. Wizards, at Jazz
  • April 4 and 5: vs. Warriors at Clippers

I wonder what LeBron will do against Washington and Utah. Both games are nationally televised. So is the Golden State game. The Clippers game is not, making it more likely LeBron sits that one.