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Lakers’ LeBron James explains why his body won’t actually benefit from rest during hiatus

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The NBA’s coronavirus suspension has put a halt to play, and it’s unclear when the league may resume. While obviously not ideal, some argue this  hiatus could help players like Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James rest up and come back fresh for the rest of the season, if there is a rest of the season.

The Lakers point guard flatly dismissed that notion while guesting on the Road Trippin’ podcast. Transcription by ESPN’s Dave McMenamin:

“When you’ve been building six months of conditioning and preparation and then (it’s gone), the narrative that I don’t like (is), ‘Well, now guys get so much rest.’ Or, like, ‘LeBron, he’s 35, he’s got so many minutes on his body, now he gets so much rest,'” James said. “It’s actually the opposite for me because my body, when we stopped playing, was asking me, like, ‘What the hell are you doing?’

“My body was like, ‘Hey man, what the hell is going on? It’s March 13th, you’re getting ready for the playoffs, why are you shutting down right now?’ And I was right there turning the corner, like, I felt like I was rounding third base, getting ready for the postseason.

James has tactfully timed when to step on the gas as he gears for the postseason. This season coming to a screeching halt isn’t doing wonders for his timing:

“So, the rest factor, I think it’s a little bit overly blown. Especially when you’re in the full swing of things.”

The King is hopeful his Lakers would only need a one-week minicamp to get back into the flow of things before the season resumes. But in the meantime, players remain in touch through their phones:

“We got a text chain between all the guys on the team. And we just stay in touch every day, pretty much. Random s***. It could be something that’s on the internet, guys send a clip. … To Laker Nation: the guys are staying connected. Everybody knows where everyone is. We know what’s going on.”

It could be a long while before James and company are back on the hardwood. Luckily they’re taking the steps to stay ready if and when NBA action returns this season.