The Lakers’ preseason schedule kicks off this Saturday, and they will face off against the Golden State Warriors in the Bay Area. This marks the team’s first appearance on the court since their disappointing sweep in the Western Conference Finals.
The primary goal for this preseason game is to establish a rhythm and foster chemistry among the players on the court. However, fans hoping to witness LeBron James in action will be disappointed as the star player has opted to sit out this matchup. LeBron’s limited participation in preseason games is not unusual, making his absence from this particular game unsurprising.
Head coach Darvin Ham expressed confidence in LeBron’s physical condition, stating that there are no concerns about his readiness for the regular season. As LeBron progresses in his career, he no longer relies heavily on preseason games to prepare for the season ahead. He understands the requirements to achieve peak performance and dedicates himself to personal training. Nonetheless, participating in a few preseason games can still serve as valuable tune-ups before the official season commences.
“He’s in phenomenal shape … and he’s probably played more than the rest of our roster combined (excluding AD).”
Fans eagerly anticipating LeBron’s return to the court will need to exercise patience, as it is probable that he will make appearances in games closer to the start of the new season. It is more critical for him to maintain a lighter workload now to ensure he is fully prepared for the upcoming year.