LeBron James is undisputedly the best active professional basketball player on the face of the earth. He has an arsenal of flashy vehicles, but when it comes to game day, LeBron prefers to roll up to American Airlines Arena on a bicycle.
Shandel Richardson of the Sun Sentinel broke the news this afternoon:
“I felt great,” James said. “I didn’t get tired. I don’t think I got tired (Tuesday) night. I felt great. I could have played again if we had to. Yeah, I’ve been biking a little more than usual. It’s fun. It’s also conditioning, it’s cardio.”
James introduced his passion for riding when he was spotted on his bike on the way to the Heat’s game against the Chicago Bulls last January. Fatigue had little effect, with James scoring 35 points in a 97-93 victory.
He has since added it into his conditioning program. The result has him averaging 37.6 minutes, topping 40 nine times this season.
The cycling didn't pose any fatigue last night, as he recorded 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in a 103-92 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
He has made the trip "three times this season" and each ride generally takes him "from about 30 to 45 minutes, depending if James is pushing it.”
"The Score" has a photo. I love the helmet.
I respect the hard work, conditioning and training, but I feel that the top player in the world should be brought to a game in a car. It's just an unnecessary injury waiting to happen.
“I got lights on my bike,” James said. “I’m serious. This isn’t a joke. Of course, safety first.”
I am sure the safety lights are great and all, but a nice SUV or stretch limo sounds much safer.
With the awareness of this bizarre reporting coming to the surface for basketball fans, I wouldn't be surprised to see fans gathering around his bike trail asking for autographs. He claims he's "in a zone," but I don't think that zone would stop fans from taking him out of it and obtaining some new memorabilia for their walls and shelves.
Come on LeBron, you are the reigning NBA Finals MVP. I can appreciate how humbling this must be for you, but let's take a look at the bigger picture here. This opens up a slew of horrible possibilities for you and your team.
If LeBron really wants to work on his conditioning and is eager to use his bicycle, he should find a secret trail in his neighborhood and ride around there. Show up to games in cars with tinted windows. It's much safer and keeps you hidden and anonymous as you show up on game day.