We have no idea when the Los Angeles Lakers will get to play their next game, or if the NBA season will resume at all. What we do know, however, is that LeBron James is doing his best to stay ready.
James has been cleared to work with his personal trainer, Lakers athletic performance coach Mike Mancias, since the team ended its mandatory quarantine (due to exposure to the Brooklyn Nets, who had four players test positive for coronavirus a few weeks ago). Until then, James had been getting work in around the house.
On Friday, James gave fans following him on Instagram a look at some of the ways he’s trying to stay ready for the NBA season to resume:
James staying prepared is no surprise. His dedication to his body is the stuff of legend, and we know that this season in particular is an important one for James, a 35-year-old somehow playing some of the best basketball of his career, but one who also is (presumably) mortal and likely only has a few more cracks at winning another NBA title.
James has said that he “won’t have any closure” if the Lakers don’t get the chance to finish their season, and judging by this workout, he’s doing his best to stay ready for the opportunity if the season does ultimately end up resuming. How much time the Lakers — and the rest of the NBA — will have to get themselves ready if and when that happens is up in the air, so while nothing can simulate the conditioning it takes to play in an NBA game (and this likely is far from the only thing James is doing to get as close as he can to those demands), at least he’s doing what he can to stay ready at home.