LeBron James lost weight for this season, but he won’t say how much
Following the Lakers’ 112-102 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, The King admitted he had trimmed down ahead of this campaign, but didn’t disclose how many pounds he shed or what weight he got down to.
“You know I’m not telling my weight,” he told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
James is listed at 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, but some have previously speculated he might be closer to 265 pounds due to the way opponents bounce off his muscular body when driving to the basket.
The hope however is to potentially prevent injuries, as he never really looked the same following a groin injury on Christmas Day during a win over the Golden State Warriors. Having missed a month of playing time, James missed a lot of his explosion as he tried to lead the Lakers back into playoff contention.
Shedding some weight will likely help the soon-to-be 35-year-old forward deal with the grueling 82-game season while still leaving some gas in the tank for the postseason.
He posted 18 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, a steal, and a block in 36 minutes of play, a likely sign he’s still en route for heavy minutes this season despite his mission to preserve his body for the playoffs.
Even cutting down 10 pounds should be able to help LeBron navigate this season with better health after playing a career-low 55 games in 2018-19.