LeBron James is a freak of nature and his been since his arrival to the NBA back in 2003, that's pretty much a fact at this point in his career.
James has logged 41,889 minutes over the course of his 15-year career thus far, easily more than other players around his age, and even beating out names such as Jason Terry and Jamal Crawford in terms of career minutes, and those names mentioned before have a couple of seasons over LeBron.
LeBron has consistently played 60+ games every season, only recently sitting out games to rest his body before the grind of the NBA playoffs, and even though his 6'8, 250 lbs frame has withstood 15 seasons and counting of NBA punishment, father time stands undefeated.
If you're a Cavaliers fan, you may be wondering, 'why should I be worried sick about LeBron's minutes?" Well, with James' career minutes in mind, LeBron is leading the league in minutes per game this season, averaging a whopping 38.6 minutes per contest at the age of 33. That 38.6 MPG mark is the most amount of minutes LeBron has averaged since he was 26 years of age back in 2010, his first season with Miami.
Now, this isn't to say LeBron is going to immediately break down as the season goes on and be out with a season-ending injury, but the likelihood of that happening is vastly increased the more minutes he spends on the court. All you need to do is cast your mind back to the 2012-13 NBA season when Kobe Bryant averaged 38.6 minutes a game, pushing that mark to 43 minutes a game in the last 10 games of the season. How did that end up? Kobe tore his Achilles in the third-to-last game of the season against the Golden State Warriors after logging 45 minutes.
The proof is in the pudding. No matter Cleveland's record at this point in the calendar, things will eventually get back on track once players, namely Isaiah Thomas, return from injury. There is no need for James to be risking his body and playing future for a few short-term wins this early on.