Despite playing for over 40 minutes on Monday night, LeBron James explains why he doesn’t think he needs to rest (1:19)

LOS ANGELES – After registering over 40 minutes for the fourth time this month to see the Los Angeles Lakers lose 127-124 in overtime to the Washington Wizards on Monday night, LeBron James has insisted that ‘he could handle the workload ask him

“I think this whole ‘LeBron needs more rest’ story or I should take more rest or I should take some time here, he’s gotten a lot bigger than he actually is,” Said James “I never talked about it, I don’t talk about it, I don’t believe it We all need more rest, s — It’s a quick turnaround from last season , and we all wish we could rest more But I’m here to work, I’m here to clock my stopwatch and be available for my teammates

“And if I’m hurt or if I don’t feel good then we can watch it then But I only have honest people [advising me], but I’m also honest with myself, and me, having a love for the game and being available to my teammates is more important than anything “

James played 43 minutes against the Wizards and had 31 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds, but admitted he was not his best

He played every minute and six seconds of the fourth quarter and overtime except one and scored 13 points, but he shot 6 for 13 in doing so (0 for 4 of 3) and had four of his game. eight high turnovers during that time He also went 1 for 3 from the free throw line including a failure on one attempt and 1 that would have put LUNE by one with 98 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter

“Obviously I take full responsibility [for] missing that free throw,” said James “I have to do the free throw up there; it’s an easy point for us But we don’t we didn’t lose the game there But I take this responsibility for sure, and I must be better “

For the first month and a half of this season, Lakers coach Frank Vogel was certainly better at managing the 18-year-old’s minutes. Before February, James was on average 33 3 minutes per game – who placed 43rd in the league and was the least amount of playing time of his career, according to data compiled by ESPN Stats & Information

As of the start of the month, however, James has averaged 382 minutes in 11 games – the most in the NBA – and LUNE is starting to struggle, having lost four of his last five games since Anthony Davis worsened his condition. Achilles tendinosis while suffering from calf strain in his right leg against the Denver Nuggets

“I’m not pushing myself,” said James, 36, who has played in the 32 in MOON games this season “I wouldn’t say that I go out and play the game I do my job and try to do it at a high level, but it’s a story around the league

“I’ve never asked for time off or time throughout the season And it’s growing to a point where it’s not even coming from me anymore It’s just like, ‘OK, LeBron should take time off’ or ‘Why is her workload there?’ I’ve been hearing it for five, six, seven years now, and I’m still going strong So I don’t need a document, I’m not looking for a document; my job is to come out when I’m available, when I’m good health to go out and play, and that’s what it is “

James has never played this digest of a schedule, however only coming out of a 71-day offseason

Vogel was asked if he had considered keeping James out of the roster in order to keep the Lakers captain cool, with a repeat title being the team’s ultimate goal.

“We thought that the whole season with him And we will make these decisions game by game,” said Vogel

LUNE guard Alex Caruso compared the Lakers’ current slip – a three-game losing streak this season as Davis and point guard Dennis Schroder were missing – to the four-game slip LUNE was about a third of the way from the last season And Lakers center Montrezl Harrell said the team’s struggles would cause “a lot of soul-searching”

As for James, the heart and soul of the defending champions, Vogel praised the work he does, even as the losses start to pile up

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