LeBron James has been absent on plenty of defensive possessions this season, but he has yet to miss a game. He’s on pace to play all 82 for the first time in his career after missing 27 games total over his last three seasons in Cleveland.
And Cavs coach Tyronn Lue wants his star to see that through. As Dave McMenamin writes for ESPN, Lue feels that James needs to be on the floor for the every one of the Cavs’ final 24 games.
LeBron James is on pace to play in all 82 games for the first time in his 15-year career because, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says, the Cavs star feels obligated to be out there every night for his teammates.
“I just think being the leader of this team, I don’t think he thinks he can take games off, because, you know, guys being hurt and going through a rough patch, and now new guys coming in,” Lue said before the Cavs’ 112-89 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. “So, I think he’s trying to lead and lead by example … I think we still got to be smart about the situation, but [the training staff] say he feels good.”
Friday was the 58th game of the Cavs season and the 58th that James played in. He recorded a triple-double (18 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists) in 37 minutes of action.
Last season, James rested in the Cavs’ 11th game of the season and played in 74 games total.