LeBron James has always been a freak athlete. We know he’s a great player, we know he stands at 6’8 but we don’t know his exact playing weight. When he was drafted he was listed at 6’8, 240 lbs. Over the years we have seen him add a lot of muscle and people thought his playing weight was over 260 lbs. Recently he posted a picture and he looked really skinny.
LeBron knows his body better than anyone. He was small during his first few years in Cleveland. He slowly added muscle throughout the years and with that came some added weight. He was fast, strong and explosive. Players would bounce off of him and he could still finish through the contact.
When he joined the Miami Heat he was this chiseled man with 5% body fat. He seemed to add more muscle when the Heat went to small ball and he would have to play more power forward. He was still fast, strong and explosive. With all that body mass he would catch cramps late in games. That was the only time his body would betray him.
After winning back to back titles, LeBron finally had the summer off. He went on vacation and he got married. When he arrived at camp he was not in the best shape conditioning wise. Early in the season he had some back issues and it took him a while to get his conditioning back to normal. With that said in November he still averaged 26 ppg, 6 rpg, 6 apg and shot 61% from the field.
LeBron’s defense took a hit last year. He could still defend everyone but he would take more plays off. He was not darting around the floor like previous seasons. He did have to carry the Heat team as Wade rested games. Maybe he didn’t give his best effort on the defensive end at all times because he was a little tired.
In the Finals, his body betrayed him once again but he bounced back in game two. The Heat got blown out the rest of the series as the Heat looked slow and old, even LeBron at times. As the offseason loomed everyone was saying Dwyane Wade should lose weight, get in better shape. LeBron was tired because he was doing everything for the team and playing power forward; no one questioned his conditioning or told him to get into better shape.
When the season was over he went on vacation but then went right back to working out
He looked like he was staying in shape and looking healthy. He was doing his daily workouts and running more. Then all of a sudden he posts this pic
His face is so small. According to Brian Windhorst, “I’ve heard he’s estimated about 10 or 12 pounds down now.” Instead of waiting until he gets hurt or before he gets criticized about his weight, LeBron dropped the weight. If the Cavaliers bring in Kevin Love, he won’t have to play more power forward. They have Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao as big men.
On the break LeBron can give the ball to Kyrie Irving or Dion Waiters so he probably wants to be even quicker on the wing. Yes he looks small in the picture above but he will still keep his strength and might be quicker, especially on defense. He posted a pic with Mike Miller and he still looks strong
Showing up to camp and being out of shape did not stop LeBron from putting up big numbers. He is more focused and in better shape so he might be even better this season.