LeBron James: ‘I could definitely use a couple more months off’

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LeBron James has played more minutes, regular season and playoffs combined, than anyone since entering the NBA in 2003 (43,331).

In fact, the difference between LeBron and second-place Joe Johnson is bigger than between Johnson and 15th-place Dwight Howard.

How’s LeBron – age 30 and entering his 13th season – feeling?

LeBron:

I feel just as healthy as I did my rookie year – nah, absolutely no. I could definitely use a couple more months off.

But it is what is. I’m ready to go. I will be on the floor tomorrow at the start of training camp.

I got a little bit crazy with my workout regiment in September. I was doing three-a-days five days week. So, I believe I improved. Did I get enough rest? I don’t think so, but I definitely improved. I feel good about where I’m at right now.

With Iman Shumpert sidelined for at least three months, the Cavaliers can’t afford to give LeBron two months off. But how about one month?

I don’t think he actually wants to sit out training camp, but he probably could. LeBron understands the playbook, and he could work his way back into shape during the regular season.

The playoffs matter more than anything for Cleveland.

If I were the Cavs, I’d let LeBron dictate his workload so he’s most prepared for the postseason. It seems, his own fatigue concerns aside, he wants to play now. That might be for the best, especially because sitting could derail his September progress.

And if all else fails, LeBron could take his break during the season, like he did last year.