During this time of quarantine, NBA players are being forced to find creative ways to stay in shape. According to a memory from Luol Deng, that shouldn't be a problem for LeBron James.

Deng shared a remarkable — and remarkably on-brand — anecdote on Instagram Live about the Los Angeles Lakers forward getting his work in while on a shoot for a McDonald's commercial:

“We're doing a McDonald's commercial and we had a trailer … I'm over here bored, I'm like, ‘What's LeBron doing in his trailer, what's going on?'… So I go over there, LeBron got a whole gym set up … This guy's got dumbbells, he's got bands, he's working on his body.”

Deng admitted the moment made him realize the difference between working hard and working like LeBron James:

“I left that day, honestly — and I work hard, like I know I work hard — and I'm just like, ‘Yo, this guy works smart.' And that was the whole difference. Like I would get up in the morning and get my work in, but he took every opportunity … to make himself better.”

Deng said he often cites that example when preaching work ethic and learning from others to aspiring hoopers, and acknowledged the direct influence it had on his training:

“I remember, after seeing LeBron do that, I went out, I got a trainer, I got someone who was there all the time … every chance that I got I would go to the gym … But that, honestly, is the difference between being a … two-time All Star or a 10-to-15-time All Star.”

Watch Deng recall the full story here:

LeBron James is truly special.

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