Getty Kyle Kuzma with LeBron James.
For the second time in 17 seasons, LeBron James missed the NBA Finals this year. Although the Los Angeles Lakers star obviously prefers to keep playing, he tries to enjoy his extra free time. He has even been seen on holiday in Dubai, so you can safely say that he is doing well.
However, he could not stay away from the gym for long. With next season still some way off, LeBron has made sure to start training now.
It is apparently a problem for some people to wait so long before they can go back to the gym. Fox Sports analyst Skip Bayless ripped LeBron off for taking six weeks off, saying he should “re-enroll.”
Hey, Bron: You better skip the fiery hot cheddar and sour cream ruffles. The older you get, the harder it gets to get back in shape. You just took SIX WEEKS off. Today was your first day back at your gym in LA. Commit again!
– Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 12, 2022
No one has ever questioned LeBron’s work ethic, as he is known to spend over a million dollars on his body every year. There are many players who do not try hard, but LeBron is not one of them. Former Lakers striker Kyle Kuzma played with LeBron and knows how hard he works. He called Bayless “Next Level Nuts” for his criticism of the superstar.
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Jeanie Buss still believes the Lakers can win with LeBron
After the Lakers’ one-season disaster, there were some rumors that LeBron could be traded. He has not asked for anything and the team has not started exploring opportunities yet. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss made it clear that she just wants to keep the superstar happy.
“It’s normal when you have a top player or players that you let things jump off. I think it’s a smart deal,” Buss said of LeBron. “I want him to feel confident on the team, that we have the parts to win a championship. He needs to be happy. … I want to be sure he is happy.”
Buss remains convinced that a team with Anthony Davis and LeBron can win another championship.
“There’s no reason for me to believe we can not win with them,” she said. “I learned from Phil Jackson that there is always a path to success. … Sometimes it may be a little harder than sometimes, … but you have to see the ability.”
Based on what Buss says, it’s hard to imagine she would even consider trading with LeBron out of season.
LeBron does not want to leave LA
It should come as no surprise that Buss wants to keep LeBron. The Lakers retain superstars, they do not exchange them. Although things have gotten tough over the last two seasons, LeBron still wants to be in Los Angeles, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
“From the LeBron side, as far as I understand, and before I say it, with LeBron, it’s important that you keep taking the temperature. Just because it’s safe on a Wednesday, does not mean it’s going to be Friday. But as far as I know, LeBron and Jeanie are in a great place right now, “Windhorst said. “Despite the frustration of the season, LeBron believes that a few adjustments and some common sense can actually turn this thing around and they can be super competitive. He is invested and wants to be a part of it.”
If LeBron is set to take a step into the future, it’s unlikely to happen out of season. It sounds like both sides are determined to straighten out this season’s mess.
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