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.