LeBron Works out After Heat Loss

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LeBron Works out After Heat Loss
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Bill Simmons had a theory about how LeBron James changed as a player after the 2008 Olympics: namely, he watched the way Kobe Bryant pushed himself, the way he took over when the team needed it, thought to himself, “I have to be like that guy,” and reacted accordingly. Knowing what we know now about LeBron’s career arc since then, the fruits of any lessons he might have learned from that experience didn’t reach full bloom until this past spring and summer, but given the word out of American Airlines Arena following the Heat’s embarrassing 112-92 loss to the Knicks last night, it’s pretty clear he has taken careful note of Kobe’s work habits:

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