Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka caused a stir when he claimed LeBron James had lost weight ahead of the coming season. James is known for keeping his body in perfect working order, so the news came as a bit of a surprise. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, James denied the weight loss idea and instead stated that he got leaner during the off-season.
“We’re starting with LeBron, who looks great and went into his two-day off-season treatment on his own a month before training camp started,” McMenamin explained on The Lowe Post podcast. “Rob Pelinka reports that LeBron cut, I asked LeBron about it, he kept it near the vest, but he said, ‘Listen, I’m always looking for ways to find an edge, to find an edge. ‘
“I spoke to a source close to LeBron, it’s not necessarily that he lost weight, but he added lean muscle. … All of these signs, plus a longer offseason point for LeBron, puts you into the year assuming he will still be LeBron as you acknowledge he sustained a serious injury in two of the last three seasons, having been before this one had never experienced anything like this in his professional basketball career for three seasons. “
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Describing a “stripped down” James during a recent press conference, Pelinka added that he believes it will help the superstar’s “explosiveness and speed”. The Lakers GM also stressed that James has a high level of confidence in the converted squad.
“Lebron was working hard, working very early in the morning, and I think what stands out is just his fitness level and he’s gotten leaner,” noted Pelinka during a press conference on September 23rd. “I think we all know that LeBron studies the greats and he adds things to his game and speed.
“But he was very, very involved in his training and you just have the feeling that he has confidence in his teammates, he really does. I think if he looks around the locker room and sees the name tags or the guys he’s been on the pitch with, it can be easily said that he has a high level of trust in his teammates and what this team could achieve this season if we all take part. “
Those who follow James on Instagram know that the Lakers star has frequently posted early morning workout videos throughout the summer. James spares no expense when it comes to taking care of his body. During a 2016 podcast, The Ringer’s Bill Simmons discussed a conversation he had with James’ business partner Maverick Carter, who estimated the superstar spends $ 1.5 million on his body annually.
“I asked him, ‘What’s the biggest misconception about LeBron? What’s the only thing people don’t know about LeBron? ‘”Simmons explained during a podcast in June 2016.” And he [Carter] said, ‘People don’t know how hard he’s working on his body.’ I’m like what do you mean [Carter:]”LeBron spends a million dollars a year on his body.”
“And he said, ‘Well, he recreated the gym that every team – be it Miami or Cleveland – he recreated all of the equipment they have in the team’s gym in their house. He has two trainers. Everywhere he goes he has a trainer with him. ‘ I’m paraphrasing what he told me so I may not understand all of these facts. He has cooks. He’s got all the science on how to sleep. All of these different things. Masseuses. Everything he does in his life is designed to let him play basketball, stay on the court and be as healthy as possible and absorb the punishment if he goes in the basket and is crushed by people. ‘ ”