The Los Angeles Lakers do not resume their season until Friday, a day or two after most of the clubs, it was a very smart move by the NBA schedule.
These few days are critical for the Lakers: NBA.
LeBron James’s time to recharge.
The NBA resumption bubble that saved last season opened last July, with no player scoring more minutes, scoring more points, making more passes, making more hits, hitting more hits or taking faster breaks than James Ames.
He is not against the workload, although he is 36 years old; this year he is the fourth oldest player of the season, who is second only to Andre Iguodala from Miami, Carmelo Anthony from Portland and Jay Redick from New Orleans. And he is still an elite, still an MVP candidate, still in the eyes of many of the best players in the world. But even the best need rest – that time is now.
“Is that enough time?” I will obviously give it at any time, “said Ames. “It simply came to our notice then. Is that enough time? No, time is never enough, but we are not on time. I’m not on the side of time. I will make full use of what I have, I will be good at it. ”
Milwaukee ian Anis Antetokunpo is the two-time MVP and the current All-Star MVP, with Washington Bradley Bill topping the standings; համար Brooklyn Nets added Blake Griffin to Kevin Durant, James Ames Harden և Kyrie Irving’s “Big Three”.
They all make a mess. And the others too.
But James Ames is still undoubtedly the one who carries most of the NBA flag. His T-shirt remains the most popular in terms of sales. The Lakers lead the league with 17 national TVs so far, and they have the best national ratings. People can watch it because they love it. People can watch because they hate him. Way in any case people are watching.
Other players, even other elite players, do the same.
“I am interested in how LeBron is still in one of the best ways of his life, he is the best player in the world, he is still in his 18th year,” said Antetokunmpo. “It’s really interesting. I want to know how. ”
He is not joking. Antetokounmpo said at the All-Star Game in Atlanta on Sunday that it wanted to pick James Ames’s brain և learn what the MVP wanted to share four times.
“He has been consistent for 18 years,” said Antetokunmpo. “She is always there. He is always on display. He is incredible. He obviously gets a loan, but I think we should give him more credit. Guys, it’s been hard to do that for 18 years. ”
There were some players who were not inspired by the idea that the NBA played an all-star game during the epidemic, already in a clogged season. But once again, it all seemed to be about James Ames – he seemed to be the only one voicing his displeasure.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver was not against it. He was just excited that James Ames was attending the All-Star Game.
“It would be an incredible hypocrisy for me to tell LeBron that you should raise issues that are important to you, but not issues that are critical of the league,” said Silver. “We are all part of the community. I respect him և his point of view. At the same time, I appreciate his professionalism. If you had a chance to see him as the top իր general manager of his team, keep drafting, he did it with a good sense of humor. He took it very seriously. “
James Ames went to Atlanta, played 12 minutes, came out in the middle of the second quarter, became the cheerleader of the rest of the night և became the captain 4-0.
His All-Star break, as it stands, began there. After the game, he flew home to Los Angeles, saying he was looking forward to a few days with his family and getting ready for the next one.
“I have no worries,” said James Ames. “I’m just trying to keep my body in the best shape so I can endure anything, shorten the off-season, shorten the regular season, shorten the All-Star break. It’s all about my thoughts. Keeping my mind mentally sharp, keeping my mind fresh. ”
When the season resumes, James Ames will be there. There is half a season left, then a playoff defense title.
These days will be his last time to really breathe a little.
The Lakers need him at best. The NBA would also benefit.
Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for the Associated Press. Write to her at treynolds (at) ap.org
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