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LeBron says he was “dog tired” during loss to Bucks

Dec 31, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

LeBron James

When the Miami Heat lost to the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday, it was their fourth game in five days. The Heat have had a packed schedule of late.

And that has worn on LeBron James.

After the Heat loss Saturday James said this to the Journal-Sentinel.

“I was dog tired,” James said. “I was pushing the pace and trying to get us up the floor whenever I would get a rebound and an outlet pass. The last four or five nights we’ve definitely felt tired.”

LeBron has been carrying a load for the Heat and they were without Dwyane Wade for one of those games, but that’s not why I bring this up.

As the season moves on, Erik Spoelstra is going to rest LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — the question is how, against what teams? And what will be the reaction of the league office.

David Stern slapped Gregg Popovich and the Spurs with a $250,000 fine earlier this season when he rested Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili in a nationally televised game against the Heat.

So where is the line? Can Spoelstra rest only one star at a time or two? Does it matter the opponent and if the game is televised? Is there more leniency doing it in March as the playoffs approach as to November?

Where is the line? Gregg Popovich would like to know.

  1. shockexchange - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Whenever he gets a break, LeBron should bone up on the Shock Exchange’s “LeBron Rules … Keys to Stopping LeBron James.” That will put him back on track.

  2. thetooloftools - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Was he too tired to visit Sharon Reed and their daughter?

    • shockexchange - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      This is a basketball site. The Shock Exchange doesn’t mind have a lil fun once in a while, but you should take the gossip and the vitriol some place else.

  3. mrlaloosh - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Ditch the bicycle and take a cab.

  4. borderline1988 - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    The line is fairly simple. In a marquee matchup on national television, don’t rest ALL of your perfectly healthy stars.

    I’m sure if the Heat or Spurs were playing the Bobcats, it would be okay to rest one of your starters.

  5. raidmagic - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Rest him tonight against the Magic

  6. geelongcat5 - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Set up a bed side court….it would send a ‘stern’ warning to David that your not kidding about having a rest…

  7. progress2011 - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    LBJ is playing the majority of the games. He is always on the floor. Meanwhile:

    * Wade is sitting on the bench, practicing his angles and smiles, for his modeling career.

    * Bosh is running around, trying to get guys to sweat on him….That dude has a little sugar in his tank…jus saying.

    This team looks like some of the Cleveland teams LBJ played on where he had to put up 50 a night, to win.

    If they want to SNIFF a Finals appearance, they better trade Chalmers, Miller, Battier, Haslem and package them to get:

    Javale Mcgee,Joakim Noah or Varejao

    • lmoneyfresh - Dec 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      Nobody wants a bunch of scrubs for legit centers.

      • progress2011 - Dec 31, 2012 at 10:01 PM


        the guys you’re calling scrubs are still NBA champs, with veteran experience that can contribute to the overall winning attitude in a losing locker-room.

        So, there is an extreme amount of value there. BUT you would have to understand the complexities of developing a winning franchise first.

        Conversely, the guys the Heat would be getting in return, that I suggested….that you call “legit” have NEVER won a CHIP! Not any of them.

        So, there is value on both sides………But you would have to have the ability to be able to ascertain what value is and what an organization needs to move to the next level, to create a win-win situation.

        School…….OUT !

  8. prestigious1 - Dec 31, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    What do you expect? 2 runs to the finals and Olympic play in the las two years are starting to catch up with him.

  9. lucky5936 - Dec 31, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    You are right Shockexchange, this is a basketball site. However, With Kurt writing about Lebron’s biking, eating, and favorite wrestler, I think it is safe to say this is not strictly a basketball ste.

  10. mazblast - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    David Stern worships the ground the Heat walk on, because they sell so much overpriced sh**. They personify the “stars and scrubs” method of winning NBA titles–I mean, selling merchandise–while the Spurs simply concentrate on being that old-fashioned concept of “a team” and win. The latter is to be discouraged and is much hated by The Troll.

    Stern will never, ever fine the Heat lest his dream of a Heat-Lakers finals not happen. Meanwhile, if Gregg Popovich so much as breathes loudly, he can expect a call from one of Little Caesar’s henchmen.

  11. charlescub80 - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Everyone gets tired. Man up! No excuses!

  12. rtfinch - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Maybe its just me, but if you’re that tired, don’t push the pace? Maybe sit down for a couple minutes here and there.

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