Lakers’ LeBron James staying ‘mentally and physically prepared’ amid uncertain NBA season return
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James says he is staying “mentally and physically prepared” in case this season eventually resumes. In the meantime, though, the three-time champion is enjoying quite a bit of extra time with his family.
As part of a recent interview with PEOPLE, James noted that he is still getting his daily workouts in:
“I’m still getting in my daily workouts — I never go a day without,” says James. “Staying in touch with my teammates and the coaching staff, just doing everything we can to stay mentally and physically prepared for whatever may come next.”
These are uncertain times in the sporting world. Due to ongoing concerns with the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA decided to suspend the 2019-20 regular season in mid-March. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was the first confirmed case in the league. His teammate, Donovan Mitchell, tested positive shortly after. Since then, several other players and staffers contracted the virus, including two Lakers players.
At this point, it’s not clear when (or even if) the season will resume. Some, including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, have speculated that games could be played later this year. However, Cuban admits that doctors and health officials will have the final say.
The Lakers star talked a bit about the extra family time he’s enjoying:
“This much family time for us is rare, so really just taking in this opportunity to be together every single day,” James noted. “Movies and entertainment are a big part of my family and what we enjoy doing together.”
James and the Lakers were enjoying a fantastic season prior to this season’s suspension. In fact, with their recent win over Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, the Lake Show clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2013. For the first time in his career, James was on pace to lead the entire league in assists.