LeBron James' superhuman efforts that drove the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first ever NBA championship last year are still fresh in the memory.
But ensuring that King James was fresh in the postseason was absolutely pivotal to the Cavs' success, without question.
On the flipside, Stephen Curry, who pushed himself hard to help the Warriors win a record-setting 73 games, played on multiple injuries during the playoffs and failed to produce the kind of form that saw him named unanimous MVP.
That fact hasn't alluded Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue. Entering just his first full season in the league, but with one title behind him, the 39-year-old is already concentrating on protecting LeBron.
"I've looked at the schedule," Lue said on Wednesday. "Just seeing what makes sense and what's smart when playing four-in-five type of nights. Can't run our guys into the ground.
"We have to be smart, understand we have to take care of our bodies and take care of our key guys. Make sure that when we get to the playoffs we're ready to go."
The results during the playoffs were there for all to see, but LeBron himself has admitted he doesn't make it easy for his coaches to rest him, even when he knows it's the right decision.
"I try to make myself available for my teammates every night, and I think I've had some pretty good coaches over the last few years, with Erik Spoelstra my last couple years there [in Miami] and now Coach Lue has done a great job of just trying to help me take care of my body," James said. "Because I'm very stubborn when it comes to wanting to play."