LOS ANGELES — With the playoffs seeming like an unrealistic destination for the Los Angeles Lakers following a 113-105 loss to the LA Clippers on Monday night, LeBron James pushed back on the idea of shutting it down for the remainder of the season.
“That would take a lot of convincing from Luke [Walton] on up,” James told ESPN, referring to the Lakers coach as well as, most likely, everyone from general manager Rob Pelinka, to president Magic Johnson, to governor Jeanie Buss. “Unless I’m hurt, I’m not sitting games.”
Thus far, no one from the Lakers has approached James about sitting out games to preserve his body, or improve their draft lottery odds.
“That conversation hasn’t occurred, b