LeBron James doesn’t want to hear more about how a break in the schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic could be good for his 35-year-old body.
“It’s actually the opposite for me,” James said. “My body when we stopped playing was like ‘what the hell are you doing? “
James made the comments during an almost hour-long podcast “Road Trippin” which was released on Uninterrupt, his digital platform. He was a guest on the podcast that regularly features his former teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye, along with Spectrum SportsNet student host Allie Clifton.
Among the topics James discussed were his daily life, how a quarantine would have been for him growing up, how the Lakers keep in touch with each other and what timeline he has been given when things will change.
“The only timeline we’ve gotten as far as training is that I get to train with Mike Mancias again on Monday, which will be the two weeks from the quarantine they put us on after we all tested after Nets had four guys who tested positive , “Said James. “… I just trained. I’ve been training five days a week and stay ready. What they always say. Stay ready when your number has called. “
James has been more visible during his second quarantine week. He posted a question and answer on Instagram last week. His foundations at I Promise School, which is closed with the rest of Ohio schools, sent tacos to 343 of their families on Tuesday.
Then on Wednesday night, as he sat in his wine cellar, James brought up his old friends.
Upon hearing that he was recording from his wine cellar, Jefferson and Frye both screamed, “Me too,” as they laughed.
They discussed possible ways the NBA could restart and prepare for the playoffs. James suggested a one to two week training camp followed by five to ten games to end the regular season. James said that less training might work if the only goal was to end the regular season, but players’ bodies would need time to adjust before the playoffs.
“My body was: ‘Hey, man, what the hell is going on? It’s March 13th. You are getting ready for the playoffs. Why are you switching off? “” Sa James. “I was right there turning the corner. I feel like I was on third base. “
He contrasted this break with lockout 2011, which delayed the start of the season rather than suspended in the middle.
James said players could still meet to play basketball during lockout – something they can’t do now. Gyms were open, while the coronavirus pandemic has closed most public and private gyms. James discussed his hope that players did what they could to work out at home, either with sit-ups and pushups or running up and down their own stairs.
“How many hours does it take you to jog around your club?” Frye politely asked James.
“Man, shut up,” James replied.
James acknowledged that living in his own home – a Brentwood mansion – is easier than many people are currently experiencing.
“I just go back to my childhood, me and my mom,” said James, who was unstable during most of his childhood. “It had been hell. … At the end of the day, it’s not about asking people to stay home. Just take care of yourself and understand. Distance yourself from large groups of people. Complete strangers. Now it’s spring. Everyone thinks it’s our spring trip, the time to get around strangers. It is not that time. “