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  • who's hurt for the Los Angeles Lakers right now, That would be Anthony Davis.

  • It would even be Dennis shrewder.

  • It would not be LeBron James.

  • LeBron James has not missed the game this year.

  • LeBron James is 36.

  • He's in his 18th season.

  • We've had Russell Westbrook Mr Games.

  • Alright, of course, plays out for the season.

  • Kevin Durant has missed games on, by the way, Kevin Durant, whose fresh off an Achilles tear is averaging 35.7 minutes a game when he plays.

  • Okay, So what I'm trying to say is that when you look at LeBron James, his minutes are not something to be concerned about.

  • Because if there's one thing that LeBron James has earned over it more than anything else he has earned in his career, it's to be trustworthy when it comes to his own body, his own conditioning, what he take, what he can take, what he needs, etcetera, etcetera, be concerned about LeBron James three point shooting since the month of February began.

  • Be concerned about that, certainly be concerned about his free throw shooting because he missed another key, pivotal or free throw last night and obviously is a career like 73 74% shooter.

  • He ain't the most reliable shooter from the free throw line in the world.

  • Be concerned about those things, but Toby concerned about his minutes and to be concerned about his health, where there are a litany of examples 2.2 would do to our younger but somehow some way can't stay nearly is healthy as this guy continues to stay throughout his illustrious career.

  • Throughout it, I would say, Let's all pumped the brakes, Relax.

  • If LeBron James says he's okay, he's okay.

  • If he says there's a reason to be concerned, then we need to be concerned.

  • He has earned that because his reputation, his history and his resume demanded.

  • Well, you got jokes, but there is truth to what you say in terms of giving LeBron the benefit with both with Tom Brady.

  • And I was wrong on the cliff prediction with Brady, obviously, But I was just using all of human history versus the odds that Tom Brady, with this margin, he did it that Z Oh yes, that that's that's right, and LeBron has already done something like what Brady is doing.

  • But that doesn't guarantee the future.

  • Let me give you a couple examples.

  • Let me give you one notable example.

  • The last Lakers great on this level was Kobe Bryant.

  • Kobe Bryant, also straight from high school, also didn't suffer through major catastrophic injuries through his career, took fanatical care of his body, experimental treatments and nutrition and workouts, and was able to play season in and season out and absurdly high level on offense.

  • And the dude play defense.

  • Both.

  • And I was in L A Stephen A on the air on L A radio, doing afternoon drive when Kobe Bryant staged essentially a mutiny against Mike D'Antoni because what Antoni was doing was not working with the Lakers Dream Team member.

  • The Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant, Dream Team.

  • They're supposed to win the whole thing.

  • They weren't gonna make the playoffs.

  • It was so disastrous.

  • Kobe said, Forget all this.

  • I'm running the show.

  • This is Howard doing it.

  • I'm gonna play over 40 minutes a game.

  • And D'Antoni, I don't think felt he had the standing to take Kobe out, especially once.

  • Kobe basically took over the team, and he's playing like 40 something minutes a game for a couple weeks, and I was on the air saying, Wait, careful.

  • And then the Achilles went, Now, Stephen A.

  • It's not the same thing.

  • I'm not pretending this is the same thing.

  • It's LeBron's not averaging 40 something minutes a game.

  • But he is since the start of this month, averaging the most minutes in the n b.

  • A.

  • And the fact of the matter is hit.

  • The performance of the team is regressing.

  • Even without AIDS.

  • They will take a DEA.

  • You'd expect a little bit mawr, and they're getting a little less.

  • And you have to wonder, at this age, Number one is that having that impact on his own in the team's performance number two.

  • What's it going to mean for the finals?

  • Or for the number three, the risk of injury?

  • First of all, you're wrong.

  • Mike did that.

  • Wasn't Kobe just doing mutiny?

  • Mike D'Antoni was mawr than willing to allow Kobe to play those minutes.

  • It wasn't because of cachet.

  • That's how Mike D'Antoni row Go look at them and that s so was I.

  • And I spoke to Mike D'Antoni about it.

  • Mike D'Antoni made no apologies for the minutes that Kobe Bryant was playing at that particular moment in time, he did not mind it all.

  • That's what Mike D'Antoni does.

  • Go look at Steve that go look at his resume with Steve Nash.

  • Go look at what he did.

  • Go look at the minister.

  • Mari Stoudemire was playing before his knees gave out.

  • Mike D'Antoni, Shawn Marion's of the world and others.

  • Mike D'Antoni had no problem, right?

  • And I mean, that brother would drive you into the ground.

  • It's about now.

  • You didn't practice heavy.

  • What?

  • Mike D'Antoni?

  • Because he knew you were gonna play those minutes.

  • What more You play the minutes.

  • That's not the point.

  • The point is, you said it was Kobe.

  • And I'm telling you, that's Mike D'Antoni as well, because Mike D'Antoni's for lots of reasons.

  • Excuse excuse, excuse.

  • You don't have reason to know.

  • You don't know what you're talking about.

  • That is false.

  • Okay?

  • It wasn't just Kobe.

  • There was Mike D'Antoni.

  • Absolutely.

  • You don't know.

  • I'm telling you, you don't know.

  • The fact of the matter is, this is what Mike D'Antoni does.

  • That was his reputation.

  • That is what he has done.

  • And in terms of LeBron James as it pertains to Tom Brady.

  • What I'm saying to you is this because Tom Brady was that aberration?

  • I'm saying, Why can't you look at LEBRON with all the evidence there for you to say he's the aberration?

  • He's not the one to apply your usual logic towards that father time attrition and all of those things.

  • That's just injury.

  • That's LeBron James.

  • How come he can't be just focusing on the injury part?

  • What about the performance part?

  • What do you mean?

  • What about the performance part?

  • The brother had 31 13 last.

  • John James.

  • It's not that he can't ball Stephen A.

  • I'm talking about his performance now in the future.

  • His efficiency on offense right now is the lowest since his rookie year.

  • It's still better than almost everyone else.

  • He's LeBron freaking Genius was less since his rookie year, and he plays into the finals every year.

  • But I think this was going on even before Anthony Davis got injured.

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who's hurt for the Los Angeles Lakers right now, That would be Anthony Davis.

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