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LeBron James: Draymond Green right about me playing too many minutes

2016 NBA Finals - Game Four

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots the ball against Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 10, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Draymond Green said Cavaliers fans should be concerned about LeBron James’ minutes (an NBA-high 38.1 for the 32-year-old). “Yeah, he’s super human but eventually his super human powers go away.”

How did LeBron – sometimes-nemesis, sometimes-business partner, sometimes-banter partner to Green and not always fan of opposing players interjecting themselves – feel about that?

LeBron, via Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com:
“Draymond’s right,” James told cleveland.com, after Green’s comments were relayed to him. “We want to get those minutes down for sure. But as of right now, we’ve had two point guards out and we’ve had some different lineup changes, so, I’ve had to play more minutes than I would like, and more minutes than my teammates would like me to have.”

“The caliber of players that we have, you always would like to, you know, get a couple more minutes here, couple more minutes there, and be a lot fresher down the stretch,” James said. “Draymond’s right, he’s right on point with it. But there’s going to be games where I have to play 40. There’s going to be games where I can play 32.

“Hopefully it all evens out, especially when IT comes back, D Rose comes back, Tristan comes back, we get more firepower.”


If LeBron wanted to play fewer minutes, he’d play fewer minutes. He holds that authority.

He’s competitive, and it’s hard to sit with so many injured teammates. But both he and the Cavaliers might be better off in May and June if he rested more now and allowed his teammates more opportunities to establish themselves.

It’s on Tyronn Lue to manage LeBron. The coach isn’t afraid to stand up to his star, and it almost seems LeBron is asking Lue to do it here.

I doubt this heavy early workload will wear down LeBron, but it’s time to change it before it does.