‘Will Not Keep Up This Level of Minutes’: Jalen Rose Suggests LeBron James Looked Tired Against Wizards

Published 02/24/2021, 12:28 PM EST
Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the closing second of the Lakers 96-94 loss to the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James’ longevity is unparalleled. Over the course of his career, he has played consistently and delivered results as well. Even though he has turned 36-years-old this season, the King is yet to miss a game this season.

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With Anthony Davis sidelined due to a calf injury, James is putting in extra minutes. But playing 40+ minutes regularly can take a toll on any player’s body. The same is the case with LeBron James and it was quite evident against the Washington Wizards.

While James gave his best in the game, he looked exhausted in the game, which went until overtime. Because of James’ added minutes, fans are concerned that the King might get injured.

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Jalen Rose on LeBron James playing extra minutes

Feb 14, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after a play in the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Despite James playing 43 minutes against the Wizards, LA was narrowly defeated in overtime. Former NBA player and current analyst Jalen Rose shared his thoughts on LBJ playing so many minutes. He said:

He played every game this season, he only had 71 days off after the Lakers won the championship. I know his love for the game and his consistency throughout his career has been outstanding. And I’m now glad he also has embraced this role of not being a fan of load management.

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… In doing that, he’s going to wear himself down. LeBron James looked tired in that basketball game. When you shoot the basketball and it hit the side of the rim & it go out of bounds. He did that on the left side of the rim, he did it on the right side of the rim, that’s fatigue. … LeBron James we both know, will not keep up this level of minutes and still be as productive as he needs to be come playoff time.”

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The Lakers need to figure out a way to take some load off of LBJ until Davis returns. Otherwise, they are running a risk of him getting injured and losing their best player.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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