IT seems the Los Angeles Lakers are accepting their fate of missing the NBA playoffs this season.
Running 10th in the Western conference with a 30-35 record, the Lakers have reportedly decided to limit the playing time of main man LeBron James for the rest of the season.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported the development on Friday, Manila time, saying the Lakers will put a minutes restriction on James with 17 games left, including three back-to-back outings.
“I was told, now that the Lakers are almost out of playoff contention, that there was a conversation had between LeBron James' trainer and the front office. And they came to the conclusion that moving forward, LeBron James will play somewhere [between] 28 to 32 minutes [a game],” Haynes said.
The Lakers are preserving the health of James, who just passed Michael Jordan at fourth spot on the NBA all-time scoring list.
James, who has played in eight straight NBA Finals, is most probably going to miss to the playoffs for the first time since 2005.