LeBron James Responds to Criticism of Workouts with Dwyane Wade

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2016

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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: 

DWade @DwyaneWade

This... https://t.co/uYmeeT1eT2

A video snapped by Alexander and shared by a Heat-dedicated Reddit account on Twitter showed part of the training session: 

/r/Heat @Heat_Reddit

The Land 😂 https://t.co/zes2MxC2IM

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:  

LeBron James @KingJames

Can't replace being around great friends that reciprocate the same energy back to you in all facets of life

The Cavaliers have been off since tallying a 100-96 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday, and they will return to the floor Friday when the Washington Wizards come to town. 

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. 


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