James Skipping Preseason Opener?
After pushing through an MVP performance in the NBA Finals and winning an Olympic gold medal in the past 10 months, Miami Heat forward LeBron James said Sunday he’s taking a cautious approach to training camp.
That process could start with James skipping the Heat’s preseason opener Oct. 7 against the Atlanta Hawks.
James said he’s not concerned about wearing down before the Heat open defense of their title. But after 10 months of relatively nonstop basketball, the league’s reigning regular season and Finals MVP doesn’t want to overwork himself leading into the Heat’s Oct. 30 opener against Boston.
After facing the Hawks next Sunday, the Heat immediately depart for a weeklong trip to China for two exhibition games against the Los Angeles Clippers.
“I don’t even know if I’ll play much at all in that game,” James said Sunday about the game in Atlanta.
For James, the challenge in camp is to resist his urge to jump into every competitive scrimmage drill. Moments after Sunday’s practice ended, James quickly ran over to the far end of the facility to join Wade, Ray Allen and James Jones as they finished a 3-point shooting game.