Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James has said he is ready for training camp, but he could do with a couple more months off, according to reports.
Speaking to the media yesterday, according to Yahoo! Sports, James said despite the fact he's had three months off, he would like just a few more so that he can feel even healthier for his team.
The 30-year-old said: "I feel just as healthy as I did my rookie year? Nah, absolutely no. I could definitely use a couple more months off. But it is what is. I’m ready to go. I will be on the floor tomorrow at the start of training camp.
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"I got a little bit crazy with my workout regiment in September. I was doing three-a-days five days week. So, I believe I improved. Did I get enough rest? I don’t think so, but I definitely improved. I feel good about where I’m at right now."
James certainly isn't the same player he used to be when he first debuted in the NBA 12 years ago. A lot has changed since then, including the two-time NBA champion himself.
The 30-year-old knows he has been in the league for some time now, and he needs to take that into account when it comes to deciding how many minutes he is going to play for the Cavaliers.
He said: "I'm very hard-headed because I love to play so much. But I think what we have, I don't need to be as hard-headed. I'm going to be very smart with how many minutes I play per game and what I'm doing out there on the floor.
"I think we have enough pieces and I think Kevin Love will allow me to sit a lot this year just because of his abilities, what he's able to do, Kyrie (Irving) as well, so I won't have to worry about playing big minutes."
James will still play a big part for the Cavaliers in their quest of a second consecutive divisional title for the first time since the 2009 and 2010 seasons, and quite possibly bring another conference title and their first Championship in team history. But it's going to be a huge challenge ahead of them in what is a very competitive Eastern Conference.