LeBron James made a trip to Miami earlier in the week for a workout with former teammate Dwyane Wade during a period of downtime in the Cleveland Cavaliers' schedule, and the superstar forward took time Thursday to respond to criticism of his decision.
"I don't care," James said, according to ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin.
"What do I go there for? Go there 'cause I want to," James added, per McMenamin. "I would love to go to L.A., but I'll take two-and-a-half [hour flight] over four-and-a-half. I've got a house in L.A. but it makes more sense for me to go south than go west. But I go because I want to."
James and Wade both work with trainer David Alexander, so the idea that the two would be spending time in the gym together isn't outlandish, as the Miami Heat star shooting guard relayed on Twitter on Wednesday:
This... https://t.co/uYmeeT1eT2— DWade (@DwyaneWade) March 2, 2016
A video snapped by Alexander and shared by a Heat-dedicated Reddit account on Twitter showed part of the training session:
The Land 😂 pic.twitter.com/zes2MxC2IM— /r/Heat (@Heat_Reddit) March 2, 2016
Thursday, James shared a message on Twitter that could be interpreted as a reference to Wade now that LeBron has returned to Cleveland mentally and physically rejuvenated:
Can't replace being around great friends that reciprocate the same energy back to you in all facets of life— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 3, 2016
And with the Toronto Raptors making a late-season push for the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed, the Cavaliers have more to worry about than what James chooses to do with his free time.
With three losses in their last five games—including a 99-97 defeat at the hands of the Raptors on Feb. 26—the Cavaliers should have their sights set on stringing together a productive March and strengthening their hold on the top spot in the East.