Breaking the minutes limit against the Suns was a 'easy answer,' according to LeBron James.
Darvin Ham intended for forward LeBron James to play only 30 minutes in the Lakers' second game of the season against the Suns on Thursday night.
The NBA's all-time top scorer scored 10 fourth-quarter points in Los Angeles' 100-95 victory, finishing with 21 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists while exceeding his minutes limit by roughly five minutes.
"I know how much effort I've put in to be able to play quarters or whatever."
And I understand that we have a structure in place, but tonight asked for me to think outside the box," James explained.
Unfortunately for James, the NBA's oldest active player, and the Lakers, their schedule does not get much easier in the near future; Los Angeles hosts the Kings on Sunday.
"(Ham) asked me if I could go the (whole) quarter, and I looked at the time and the score and what was going on in the game
and it was an easy answer for myself," he added.
Los Angeles was down 84-72 at the start of the fourth quarter, attempting to avoid a 0-2 start.