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Friday, April 10, 2020

LeBron James

LeBron James training four or five times a week during quarantine period

LeBron James

The grind has not stopped for LeBron James despite the current situation.

During a conference call with reporters Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers star said that he was training four or five times a week at his home gym while in quarantine, per Mike Trudell of Spectrum SportsNet. James added that he has also been shooting around on his outdoor court with his kids.

For James, who is 35 years old and used to getting heavy run around this time of year, keeping in shape is of paramount importance. He got in 60 games this season before play was suspended after being limited to 55 games last season due to a groin injury and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2005.

James’ head coach has his staff preparing for whatever might happen once play can resume, and it sounds like the players can take their lead from The King’s example as well.

LeBron James open to finishing NBA season in Las Vegas bubble situation

LeBron James speech

LeBron James seems open to the idea of finishing the NBA season in a single-site situation, such as the Las Vegas plan that has been discussed.

James spoke with reporters on a Zoom conference call Wednesday. During that call, James said he was open to playing in Las Vegas and staying under quarantine in a hotel as long as it “can hold us and keep us in the best possible chance to be safe” on and off the court.

The comments represent another change for James. Previously he said would refuse to play without fans in attendance, but he later changed that stance. And on a March 26 episode of the “Road Trippin'” podcast, James said he wouldn’t be willing to live in a hotel with other players in order to continue the season.

As time passes and James adjusts his reality at each step, he has learned he has to make the best of the situation. And at this point, if that means living in a hotel in quarantine in Las Vegas along with other teams so he can finish the season and have a shot at a championship, he seems willing to do it.

Why? Because at 35, James knows he has only a few seasons left to add to the championship total he has been pursuing his entire career, and he knows this may be his best chance left. And if the NBA has James’ backing for trying to resume the season, that will be a good starting point when discussing possible plans with the players’ association.