Sometimes riding bicycles is the best motive of transportation. You get a good workout in before your shift and you don’t have to deal with all the stress of traffic.
That’s exactly what LeBron James was thinking when he decided to use his custom “King James” cycle to get to American Airlines Arena before Sunday’s afternoon game against the Chicago Bulls. ABC sideline reporter Lisa Salters broke the news about James’ new ride during the Heat-Bulls game, and the unique exercise – as well as the red, black and silver bicycle – got plenty of air time on national TV.
When Salters asked James if the bike ride had anything to do with his strong first half, he said: “My legs feel really good. It felt good to get open field and get a bike ride in and be prepared for today’s game.”
James finished with a game-high 35 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and one block on 12-for-23 shooting in 41 minutes to help Miami defeat Chicago, 97-93. He also had a spectacular alley-oop dunk in which he jumped over John Lucas. A nice day’s work for one of the most physically fit athletes in the NBA.
Since the league is promoting NBA Fit this week, LeBron figured what better way to get fit than to ride a bike hours before tipoff. Maybe he should consider riding a stationary bike before the fourth quarter of each game? Might calm his nerves.