Miami Heat superstar LeBron James has revealed that his exemplary fitness record is a great source of pride heading into the business end of the season, after returning from the All-Star break with a superb showing against the Dallas Mavericks last night.
James scored 42 points in a season-best display against the Mavs, which also included nine rebounds and six assists.
The Heat's main man has been in the headlines for requesting more time off following All-Star weekend, after playing more games than anyone else over the past four seasons.
Thrown in four successive play-off campaigns and James has played a quite astounding 346 games since 2010, a record the ex-Cavs standout is focused on maintaining as we heads towards the post-season.
James told the Miami Herald: "This is the final stretch, you know, then the playoffs star. I take pride in the fact I’ve been healthy.
"I’ve had bumps and bruises like anyone. But I take pride in being out there for my teammates. I would love more rest, who wouldn’t? But when the schedule calls, I’ve been proud to be there for the most part for them."
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra faces a delicate balancing act to keep his star players healthy during the final 31 games of the season, which continues with the final game of an eight-match road stretch against the Oklahoma City Thunder tomorrow night.