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Vogel: LeBron James to play, rest in shorter bursts this season

Lakers coach says superstar will have minutes monitored in unique way in 2020-21.

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the second half of the NBA preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 18, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Lakers will play and rest superstar LeBron James in “shorter bursts” with the season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers set for Tuesday night at 10:00 p.m. ET on TNT. Coach Frank Vogel said this in an attempt to keep James fresh this season. So it appears James will have his minutes monitored to an extent, but it doesn’t appear he’ll be on any type of restriction. Still, the “short bursts” thing is slowly replacing “load management” as the term all DFS players don’t want to hear this season.

James entered the first slate of the season $9,600 on DraftKings. He’s going to be a popular play when the Lakers receive their rings before the game against the Clippers. It’s LeBron. There’s no need to overreact to this news from Vogel in my eyes. I don’t think we should be fading James. With that said, do I feel great about James in cash games over someone like Anthony Davis? Not really. AD is only $10,000 on DK and paying up slightly seems like the way to go.