LeBron James will not play when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Golden State Warriors on Saturday in a nationally televised contest. The four-time MVP will take the game off due to “load management,” which is to say he’s resting.
LeBron James will not play tonight against the Warriors due to load management, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 3, 2019
James has only played once in the last six weeks. After injuring his groin during a Lakers victory against the Warriors on Christmas day, the superstar missed 17 games, including a rematch against Golden State. He returned, somewhat surprisingly, on Thursday against the Los Angeles Clippers, and had 24 points, 14 rebounds, and 9 assists in a Lakers victory.
But even though Los Angeles has Sunday and Monday off, they determined it wasn’t worth pushing James into his second game in three days.
It’s a bummer for basketball fans, who have gotten used to seeing James (who many believe is the best player in the world) against the Warriors (who many believe is the best team in the world). Those fans will have to wait until April 4, when the teams meet again at Staples Center.
For the Warriors, it’s a great chance to start a new winning streak. as the Lakers are just 6-11 in games that James has missed this season.