Lebron James He has reached 82 games in a season only once in his career. It was in fiscal year 2017/18, the last one with the Cavs. Calmly putting on the Lakers robe, he chained incomplete seasons: 55, 67, 45 and finally 56 games played last year.
His repeated absences have contributed greatly to the Lakers’ last two unsuccessful seasons, which ended in elimination in the first round of the playoffs and then, above all, in non-classification. This is what makes the interested party say today that the key will be ” be available. It is the most important. Obviously you can’t control some injuries, but that’s my frame of mind. As a team leader, one of the team leaders, availability is the most important thing in this league. You must be available and on the ground. »
Health and defense priority
Evidence that will obviously concern the other great resident of the Lakers’ infirmary, Anthony Davis. The good news is that the “King” is already feeling” totally healthy. I changed a lot of things in my diet this summer to be better physically. I keep thinking about this marathon. Today is the first day of the marathon. »
To aspire to go as far as possible in this race, LeBron James is aware of the other priority that will have to be developed internally: defense. ” Teams that can defend and make saves when necessary are simply more successful in our league. So we will insist every day on the defensive side. »
This is precisely the speech that Frank Vogel’s replacement, Darvin Ham, maintains. A newcomer that the superstar seems to appreciate. ” He is improving day by day but I think the transparency we have had since he was appointed manager is excellent. We had many conversations, not only about basketball but also about other topics. I think it’s about time you were appointed to this position. »
The ‘King’ also has some positive words for another rookie, Patrick Beverley, one of three players he has against.” hated to play “, with Kendrick Perkins and Lance Stephenson, before loving becoming their teammate.
The record in 50 games?
The former Wolves point guard could shake up the Lakers hierarchy in the playmaker position, held until now by Russell Westbrook, towards whom many eyes will be on this season after a failed first year in California. ” I can’t wait to be on the journey with him this year, it’s going to be a great season for him and we’ll be there with him. “However, LeBron James is confident.
The latter will also have a personal bet this season: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s famous career points record. He has 1,325 points left on the clock. If he maintains his career average of 27 points per game, he could move to center around game 50 of the season.
“ The only time I think about it is when someone posts something on my social media. And every time, I’m pretty blown away, like ‘Wow’. I’ve never played my career thinking about records, just making sure I’m in the best shape possible. But being here, knowing that I’m about to break the most coveted record in the NBA, is humbling and it’s great. “, finishes off the 37-year-old player, who does not intend to put on” too much pressure in that.