Cavs' Lue, LeBron say minutes not an issue

Kevin Love Interview

Kevin Love Interview

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have been one of the early 2017-18 National Basketball Association season disappointments, relatively speaking. Giannis Antetokounmpo, 22, is second with 37.8 minutes for Milwaukee.

While James seems to always rise to the occasion when he plays in the Big Apple, one of the city's most famous sons isn't totally on board with the Cavs star's proclamation. "All they need is that little push in the right direction, and with a relatable mentor like Jay Williams guiding them, they've got a very real opportunity to change their lives forever", said Maverick Carter, CEO of SpringHill Entertainment. James said his minutes would go down once injured players like Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose, and Tristan Thompson return.

"I'm the king of Cleveland now", the rapper said, as transcribed by ForTheWin. "I played with Michael Jordan when he was 39; he played 37 minutes a night". Karl Malone was 37, played 38 minutes a night, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe. So you know, everybody's built different, and if you're, you know, one of the greats, you know, sometimes you've got to play, sometimes you get rest, like tonight.

When James was asked about it, he downplayed the issue with his minutes as something that isn't a big deal. "Not just me. Everybody". Come out sometimes in the third quarter and we get slow starts and teams get back into it.

Lue and James are clearly exhausted of talking about this.

None of the other top 10 players in minutes per game are older than 30, and only three players in their 30s are averaging more than 35 MPG this season, per Basketball Reference. Jordan was 39 when he retired after that final season. Still, with two more minutes played, James will move past Shaquille O'Neal for 24th on the all-time minutes played list in the regular season. In fact, James, along with Cavs teammates Dwyane Wade and J.R. Smith, were in attendance for the show at The Q, and they had pretty darn good seats.

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