NBA: Road-riding LeBron waging "vendetta" against himself

Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:21am EST
 
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By Simon Evans

MIAMI (Reuters) - LeBron James says he is engaged in a "vendetta" against himself as he pushes himself to reach his physical peak and win a second straight NBA championship with the Miami Heat.

On Tuesday, James, last season's Most Valuable Player, who spent his off-season playing in the London Olympics, was on court against the Minnesota Timberwolves for 42 minutes.

"He wasn't even breathing heavy," said Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra when asked about the longer than expected regular season minutes for his team's star.

"He's been biking so much on his own. He biked to the game the other day. He's turning the corner right now in terms of his conditioning. It's world class."

When Miami hosted the Washington Wizards on Saturday, James chose to cycle to the team's daytime shoot-around and the 45 minutes back home before doing the same in the evening for the game.

That's three hours of road cycling on a day in which he scored 23 points in a 102-72 win for Miami.

The focus and the fitness are evident on court. James will no doubt make a step up in intensity for the playoffs but he's hardly going through the motions in the regular season having made at least 20 points in each game.

"I felt great," he said after Tuesday's game, "I felt like I didn't get tired tonight. One time in the second half I felt like I could have played again if we had too. I have been biking a little more than usual.   Continued...

 
Miami Heat's LeBron James dunks against the Washington Wizards in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida December 15, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity