LeBron James has reached the stage of his career where his night-to-night health is not always going to be guaranteed. On Monday, he was held out of the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the San Antonio Spurs with what head coach Frank Vogel described as “significant” soreness in his left knee. It’s the same knee that forced James to miss five games earlier in the season due to swelling.
“With the heavy load that he’s carrying for us this year, we know that it’s always a possibility,” Vogel said of James being inactive for Monday’s game. “I think that’s why we continue to list him as questionable to see how it’s responding over the 48 hours between games. And this is just one of those days where it was significant enough to hold him out.”
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At LeBron’s age (37), the Lakers know they have to be as cautious as possible.
“[James’] health takes precedence over any matchup, any individual one game, for sure,” Vogel said. That’s a wise stance. The Lakers know the alternative all too well. When an aging Kobe Bryant was forced to carry a depleted Lakers team to the finish line in 2013, he…