LeBron James' longest string of missed games in his NBA career was five straight, and that was because of a finger injury more than five years ago.
He knows he's fortunate in that regard.
So he cannot really relate to what Kobe Bryant is dealing with now that the Los Angeles Lakers star's season is over with a torn Achilles that required surgery and is expected to keep him sidelined for up to nine months.
But while Bryant's heavy workload down the stretch of this season remains a talking point as to whether that played a role in the injury, James said he's among those who think players should simply never think about getting hurt.
''You can't say, `OK, I'm not playing this game because I'm afraid of injury' or `I'm not playing this summer,''' James said Sunday after the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 105-93. ''The opportunity is there. There's going to be a time when you can't play the game at all because Father Time has caught up with you. So you've got to try to do as much ...