Walking into Staples Center on Thursday night, LeBron James wore a shirt with a message: “DO YOU UNDERSTAND NOW?” It’s something James has been asking for years, since he took up the cause of protesting lethal violence against Black people. And while he was concerned about the Wednesday storming of the Capitol – in part…Lakers’ LeBron James upset by Capitol Hill storming: ‘We live in two Americas’ — Whittier Daily News
LeBron James told the world in 2020 that Black Lives Matter. He helped convince many who had never voted to finally head to the polls. He found more ways to continue elevating the lives of people in his hometown.LeBron James Named AP Male Athlete of the Year for Record-Tying 4th Time — NBC Los Angeles
The closing minutes of Wednesday’s preseason game, as Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker helped put the finishing touches on a 112-107 win over the Phoenix Suns, showed that the Lakers don’t always need their superstars. But the first half in which LeBron James and Anthony Davis stretched their legs for the first time was a…LeBron James, Anthony Davis ease into preseason in Lakers’ victory over Suns — San Gabriel Valley Tribune
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After LeBron James emerged from the longest season in NBA history with a fourth championship ring, he returned home and planned the first Christmas family vacation of his adult life.That’s when James learned that his 17th NBA offseason would be unprecedentedly short.When James was told the NBA intended to resume games on Dec. 22, just 72 days after the Lakers beat Miami to win the title, the superstar admits he reacted with a mild expletive.“Just being completely honest, I wasn’t expecting that,” James said Monday in his first public comments since the NBA champions opened training camp.“Early conversations were going on, and I was hearing there would be kind of a mid-January start,” James said. “Training camp would start after Christmas, and we would have the opportunity to spend Christmas with our families. … I had to switch up a lot of things. I just started preparing my mind and preparing my body.”James still reported to camp ready last week for his 18th NBA season and the pursuit of yet another banner with the Lakers, who added an impressive amount of veteran talent in the abbreviated offseason for their repeat quest.James also showed up with a new two-year, $85 million contract extension through the 2022-23 season, setting his future in Los Angeles through his 20th NBA campaign.James chose that year deliberately: His oldest son, LeBron James Jr., will graduate from high school in 2023. Bronny is a sophomore at private Sierra Canyon School, where he played a reserve role on the basketball team last season, and LeBron has previously spoken of his fond dream to play in the NBA with — or against — his son.“The best thing about it is the year I’ll be a free agent will be the same year my oldest son graduates high school,” James said of his new deal. “I’ll have some options to see, for me personally, what I want to do (going) forward — being around my family, being around my son more, or continue to play this game I love with great health and great spirits. We’ll see.”Whether that happens, and whether it will be in Los Angeles, won’t be certain for three long years. James intends to make the most of the meantime.James will shoulder the physical challenges of this difficult year, but it isn’t easy: He said he was “sore as hell” Monday, although that’s normal every year after the first two preseason practices.The uniqueness of 2020 has forced James and the Lakers to consider whether they should practice load management this season.LeBron has largely declined to follow other stars’ strategy of strategic absences from games in recent years: He played in all 82 games for Cleveland in 2017-18, and after an injury-plagued 2018-19 in LA, he only missed four games last season.Still, James has played 1,265 career regular-season games — already the 33rd-most in league history — and an NBA-record 260 playoff contests as he heads toward his 36th birthday later this month.James and the Lakers haven’t decided on their plans for the regular season, with James saying there’s “a fine line” between strategic rest and unnecessary inactivity. He does sound amenable to limited action in the preseason, which begins Friday.“We’re going to be as smart as I can be in making sure that my body and making sure that I’m ready to go,” James said. “Every game matters, but we’re competing for something that’s high. I understand that with the shortened (training camp) and the offseason is going to be the shortest in any professional sports ever, we’re going to be very conscious about what we do going forward and with me personally.”Coach Frank Vogel says it’s too early to make a decision about how much James will play in the preseason or in the regular season.“We don’t want to underdo it and then he’s not ready to play in real games, but we obviously don’t want to overdo it,” Vogel said of the preseason. “So really don’t know where that’s going to land. I expect we’ll probably see him some, but not a ton.”No matter what James decides to do this season and into the future, the Lakers clearly have no worries about his long-term viability as a difference-making star. General manager Rob Pelinka signed James last week to a maximum contract extension that will keep him together with Anthony Davis for at least the next three seasons — an enviable situation for any team.Pelinka says James’ success is rooted in the versatility of his game, along with his intellectual ability to excel with more than pure athleticism.“Because of those gifts, he’s going to continue to be a dominant player well beyond what the regular, ordinary NBA player would be able to do,” Pelinka said. “It wasn’t even a debate for us. We think he’s going to be very effective and provide extraordinary value for every year he decides to play as a Laker.“What was especially satisfying and exciting about (the latest championship) is that now you can see, with the legacy he’s establishing as a Laker, that his greatness will be defined here. I’m sure he’ll hang many jerseys someday, but we hope one of those will be a Lakers jersey.”___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsLeBron considers load management, maps future with Lakers — The China Post, Taiwan
LeBron James has agreed to a contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers. James’ agency, Klutch Sports, confirmed the deal Wednesday during the first week of training camp for the NBA champions. The Lakers are still finalizing their new contract with Anthony Davis, who is also represented by Klutch CEO Rich Paul. Congrats @KingJames on […]LeBron James Signs Contract Extension With Lakers — NBC Los Angeles
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They were rivals once, Rajon Rondo and LeBron James. Rondo was in Boston. James was in Cleveland and Miami. Their paths would cross most every year in the playoffs, an annual placing of a thorn in one another’s side. James may have had different words to describe Rondo then. These days, however, the words James […]Once rivals, LeBron and Rondo are on brink of getting Lakers rings together — KTLA
James will allegedly not sleep until the Lakers clinch the championship, and he’s been very online at night lately while he stays up.LeBron James Is Going To Incredible Lengths To Keep The Lakers Locked In For The Finals — UPROXX
As LeBron James nears his fourth NBA championship, it appears he is becoming nocturnal in an effort to remain vigilant about the task at hand of closing out the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. Prior to a powerful Game 4 win, James reportedly shot his Lakers teammates a text message in the middle of the night with a simple message: That the following night’s game was a must-win.
“We see the message from our leader saying this is a must-win,” Anthony Davis told The Athletic. “and he just left it at that.”
As James would later explain it, the text was not only a byproduct of his fierce competitiveness, but also his inability to fall asleep lately. With Game 4 clinched and the Lakers on the cusp of a championship, James elaborated to reporters about his recent insomnia.
Here’s what he said:
“We understand what’s at stake,” James explained. “The job is not done. We get an opportunity to get our bodies back underneath us with an extra day of rest but also keep our minds sharp. I am looking forward, once again, to looking at the film tomorrow. Do all around the clock treatment and treating it like we play Thursday. I’m going to continue to get the work in and continue to not sleep until the job is done. So, I look forward to the next match.”
It may not seem like a great idea to play a deciding NBA Finals game having not slept in a few days, but at this point James’ judgment probably supersedes ours. If it pays off, he’ll have several months to get plenty of sleep before next season.
There are side effects to the no sleeping plan, as the King gets a little bored late at night in the Bubble. That much was clear when James posted a joking meme overnight following Game 4.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 7, 2020
Difficulty sleeping is understandable in James’ position, but it is admittedly pretty funny that he’s actively staying awake in order to keep his game face on.
NBA Finals: Lakers vs. Heat
Monday, October 5, 2020
Los Angeles Lakers
Q. Just wondering what stood out the most to you
when you went through the film last night?
LeBRON JAMES: Our turnovers. Our turnovers really
killed us. We understand that we can’t turn the ball over
versus this team. We also had some breakdowns
defensively throughout the course of the game that we’re
not accustomed to having. Those will be cleaned up in
Q. You guys have responded pretty well after losses
in the playoffs so far. I’m wondering if there’s a
common theme between those different times, and are
you seeing that same kind of mentality now?
LeBRON JAMES: We’re able to take a loss and
understand why we lost. Understand things that we should
have done better and things that we can apply to the next
game to be better. We’re right back at that moment once
again with the opportunity to be better than we were in the
Look forward to the opportunity tomorrow night.
Q. Specifically with Anthony, when he’s had off nights
or what have you, he’s always responded in a really
big way. He’s talked about you always kind of knowing
how to approach him after a night when he’s struggled.
What’s your approach been with him today and what
do you expect from him tomorrow?
LeBRON JAMES: I expect him to be AD. I’m looking
forward to getting out on the floor with him once again
Q. You’ve been in the Finals 10 times now. You’ve
been up in series, you’ve been down in series. What’s
it like to process the time off in between games
coming off a loss?
LeBRON JAMES: Pretty much the same coming off a win
for me. Until the series is completed, I kind of stay on
edge, stay locked in on the job at hand. Obviously, no one
wants to ever lose. You hate that feeling, especially when
you know you didn’t play your best, and I definitely wasn’t
at my best last night from an individual standpoint. So I
take that responsibility and I take that with a lot of passion
and understanding of how I can be much better in the
Throughout the postseason, I stay even keel. As I’ve
grown in this game and I’ve grown over the years, I kind of
stay even keel, understanding that there’s always another
opportunity to get better. We have that opportunity today
and also tomorrow night in the game.
Q. You’re wearing a “More Than a Vote” shirt right
now. In terms of trying to influence change, thinking
back eight years ago when you wore those hoodies as
a statement of Trayvon Martin, what are the biggest
things you’ve learned about impacting change off the
court? Is there advice you now would have given
yourself eight years ago when you kind of started this
LeBRON JAMES: That you can’t get caught up in what
everybody else thinks, because everyone is not going to
always agree with your movement. Everyone is not going
to agree with your words. Everyone is not going to agree
with your passion. Everyone is not going to always agree
with why you’re doing it, things of that nature. If you’re true
to it and it hits home and it hits the heart, then it shouldn’t
matter. And it doesn’t, because you have the knowledge
and you have the passion and you have the support to be
able to shed light on situations that you feel are either
unjust or wrong.
There’s a thing called common sense. You know the
difference between right and wrong. It’s something I’ve
always grew up on. My mother always told me [about]
being able to understand the difference between right and
wrong and noticing it and being able to have that feeling.
To sit back and think eight years ago when we sat in
Detroit in the ballroom as a part of the Miami Heat team,
and we all decided to put our hoodies on in a reflection, in
a remembrance of Trayvon Martin and that tragic incident,
we knew that it was going to be uncomfortable to a lot of
people. But we didn’t care, because we understood how
much it hit home for us and a lot of our guys having sons of
their own. We could imagine if our kid was to leave home
and not return. I think that’s what it boils down to.
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Q. In terms of talking to opponents on the floor, are
you a guy who just responds to trash talk? Do you
initiate it? As your status has moved up in the league,
has it changed? Have different players said different
things or do they not want to talk to you because they
don’t want to get you going? How does that equation
LeBRON JAMES: No, I’ve always been a guy who kind of
let his game do the talking. But when guys get to talking, I
can do that, as well. I’ve always tried to let my game do
Some guys like to talk their way through the basketball
game. I think it helps them out personally. There’s always
communication going on on the floor. For me personally,
as long as it doesn’t get disrespectful, I’m fine with it.
But I’ve never really started up a trash-talking dialogue.
That’s just not me. I believe the way I play the game is
enough trash talking in itself.
Q. From just a strategy standpoint, Bam is the type of
big who is obviously a really great playmaker but he
doesn’t space the floor so much with his shooting.
The guys that Miami plays at the position now, Meyers
and Olynyk, both do. How much different does that
force you guys to be defensively? You talked about
those defensive breakdowns last night. I imagine
spacing had something to do with a couple of them.
LeBRON JAMES: I think it all boils down to, no matter
who’s in the lineup for those guys, they’re a great team. It’s
just that simple. They’re going to put you in positions that
may feel uncomfortable, that will be uncomfortable,
throughout the course of 48 minutes, and we have to be
able to adjust. There’s things that Meyers and Kelly do that
Bam doesn’t do, but we also understand that there’s things
Bam does that not too many guys in this league can do.
They create different challenges depending on who’s out
on the floor.
When there’s five guys out on the floor for the Miami Heat,
they’re going to play how they play. They’re going to move
the ball, they’re going to move with pace, they’re going to
share the ball. They’ve got guys that can get into the paint.
They’ve got guys that can shoot threes. They’ve got guys
that command double teams and things of that nature. It
doesn’t matter who’s out on the floor for them; they’re going
to be playing at a high level because that’s just the way
they are. They’re extremely well-coached from top to
Q. You’ve always prided yourself on playing the right
way. You still have those moments like the fourth
quarter against Denver in the close-out game where
you’re like, this is going to end now and you go to that
place. Jimmy parallels you in that regard in that he
doesn’t want to have the ball in his hands every
possession; he wants to get other guys involved. And
then you saw last night what he ends up doing. Are
you in that space yet where you think you might have
to go that tack to close this thing out and go to that
fourth-quarter-Bron-against-Denver mode, like we’ve
seen so many times from you in the past? Or are you
not there yet?
LeBRON JAMES: I’ve never predetermined my game plan
throughout my whole career. I’ve never gone into a game
saying, okay, I need to score 40 tonight, I need to dominate
in the scoring facet, things of that nature, I need to make
big shots. I’ve never predetermined my game. Throughout
my whole life, I’ve never done that. One thing I’ve always
been, I’ve always been prepared. If you’re prepared, then
whatever the game — however the course happens, you’re
able to make adjustments throughout the game and you’re
able to impact the game because you’re prepared and
you’ve put in the work. It’s just that simple for me.
I think anytime I’ve ever thought about, okay, I’m going to
try to go out and do this, it doesn’t happen that way. The
game has too many things that can happen throughout the
course of the game and throughout the course of a quarter
or possessions here and possessions there where you can
try to plan for it, but audibles happen in the football sense.
The best thing I can tell you is that I’m always prepared
and I know that I’ve put in the work. I trust that.
Q. Early in the pandemic you mentioned that your
body was kind of in shock, that you were rounding
toward third base for the playoffs and then you had to
stop. All these months later, how would you say your
body has responded to all that?
LeBRON JAMES: I’m in great shape. I bounce back
extremely well in between games. I could play right now if
we had to play right now, at a high level.
FastScripts by ASAP Sports.
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