Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel has been criticised for playing LeBron James too much so far this season.
The Lakers improved their record at the top of the West on Wednesday night with a hard-fought 96-87 win over the Orlando Magic.
The victory was the team’s 13th in 14 games and left them with a 22-3 record for the regular season.
LA have been tipped to win the NBA championship this year but some fans are getting concerned that star man James is getting too much game time early on.
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At 34, LeBron is not getting any younger but he is still putting up some brilliant numbers once again this season.
Through 25 games, the three-time NBA champion is averaging 25.8 points, seven rebounds, and 10.8 assists per game, while he is averaging 34.5 minutes on court.
Looking back at his average minutes throughout his whole career, he is actually spending less time on court so far this season than in any other.
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The main aim for the Lakers of course is to put themselves in prime position in the postseason so LeBron’s game time will probably get reduced more as the season progresses.
But fans are worried about the load management of their star man and others like Anthony Davis right now.
And some took to social media after the win over Orlando to vent their frustrations.
“Pathetic. This is just like the 73-9 warriors team that blew their load in the regular season, then was tired and beat up by the conference finals,” said one fan.
“We are the best team imo but we need Lebron in the postseason, he is gonna get injured or burned out at this rate,” said another.
While one fan wrote: “No point in playing James as much as we are, load management is poor on him and AD and we could pay.”
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“I get it, its good to get off to a good start but it a long season and Lebron aint no spring chicle any more, be careful guys,” said another worried Lakers fan.
James has played at least 75 games per season for 13 of his 16 seasons in the NBA and will be confident of doing that again this time around barring injury.
Should the former Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat star pull up at any point though, questions will of course be asked once again about his load management.
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