Forget No. 1 Seed, Resting LeBron James Should Be Priority No. 1 for Cavaliers

March 7th, 2016 by Greg Swartz Leave a reply »

CLEVELAND — For all the competition he's faced over 13 years in the NBA, LeBron James' biggest foe may be his own body.

At 6'8" and 250 pounds of lean muscle, James physically dominates opponents with his rare blend of strength, speed and athleticism. But at age 31, with unprecedented mileage on his body, some of those gifts are beginning to fade.

Yet he and the Cavs have little interest in taking a breather. James has only missed two games this season, each for regular maintenance during back-to-backs. As we saw in his recent Instagram post, he's even spending scheduled off days in the gym.  

Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue wants the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference rather than rest for James, according to Joe Vardon of

"I talked to our team about the most important thing right now is to try and get home-court advantage for the East," Lue said. "Toronto's playing great basketball, I think they're three games behind us. If we can get a little bit of a cushion, then we can try to rest LeBron a lot. ...

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