LeBron James Gives His Thoughts On NBA Playoffs
LeBron James gave his thoughts on the NBA playoffs recently. The Los Angeles Lakers star believes that the postseason cannot simply begin when NBA action resumes. He believes there needs to be a warm-up period.
Appearing on this week’s Road Trippin podcast, he essentially said this much.
“One thing you can’t just do is go straight to the playoffs,” he said. “Because it discredits the 60-plus games that guys had fighting for that position.”
James believes there need to be at least a few regular season outings before the playoffs begin.
“When you’ve been building six months of conditioning and preparation and then [it’s gone], the narrative that I don’t like [is], ‘Well, now guys get so much rest.’ Or, like, ‘LeBron, he’s 35, he’s got so many minutes on his body, now he gets so much rest,’” James said.
“It’s actually the opposite for me because my body, when we stopped playing, was asking me, like, ‘What the hell are you doing?’
“My body was like, ‘Hey man, what the hell is going on? It’s March 13th, you’re getting ready for the playoffs, why are you shutting down right now?’ And I was right there turning the corner, like, I felt like I was rounding third base, getting ready for the postseason. So the rest factor, I think it’s a little bit [overblown]. Especially when you’re in the full swing of things.”
Prior to the NBA’s coronavirus-related interruption, the Lakers were one of the favorites to win the NBA title. It will be interesting to see if that remains true when action resumes.