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Frank Vogel on how he intends to manage LeBron James workload: “Probably don’t want to have him play 82 games”

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LeBron James is entering his 19th NBA season still being one of the top players in the league and a part of the Big Three of the Los Angeles Lakers. He will turn 37-years-old in December.

The four-time NBA champion is known for investing in his body significant amounts of money which helps him keep playing at the highest level. However, he is still getting older and his workload needs to be managed. This issue was discussed by Lakers head coach Frank Vogel.

“Day to day. We will. We’ll be intelligent,” he said. “He’s someone that if he feels well, wants to be in there. Obviously, probably don’t want to have him play 82 games. But we’re not going to pre-script X amount of nights off. We’re going to take it as it comes throughout the year.”

As far as LeBron’s minutes are concerned, Vogel has a specific target that he would like to stick to. “We still want to be around a 34 range as a script, 34 to 36, and then hope for situations where the group out on the floor is playing well, leaving him over there a little longer.

“In some ways, if he stays over there too long, it gets cold it’s worse for him that to get back in there. Especially he’s been playing this type of rotation for so long. But we want to keep it around 34 minutes ideally.”

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