The AP's Tim Reynolds had an opportunity yesterday to chat with LeBron James in Akron.
LeBron revealed he's been working out with Hakeem Olajuwon to help with his post game.
In an interview with The Associated Press, the Miami Heat forward said he is not considering offers to play internationally during the NBA lockout—with one catch. He’s committed to the 2012 Olympics and trying to help the United States defend the gold medal he helped win at the Beijing Games.
“I’m optimistic that we will have a season this year,” James said. “Very optimistic.”
A little anxious, too.
He’s working out twice a day, trying to erase some of the sting that’s still there after the Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA finals.
“Right now I’ve just been focusing on being a better player, working on my game every single day,” James said at a news conference before the AP interview. “Like I said, the Dallas Mavericks were a great team and they deserved to win that championship. And I’ll just use that as motivation coming into this season.”
He’s also trying to deliver on his vow to be even better whenever the Heat resume play, saying he’s been in Houston at times this offseason to learn post play from one of the game’s all-time greats, former Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon.
“I look at what he was able to do throughout his career,” James said. “Unbelievable talent. Multiple champion. Just to see how he was able to dominate in the low post, for me as an individual, I just try to look at some of the things I feel I need to get better at and hit home at it. Our team becomes better if I continue to get better and that’s what it’s about.”
For years many have clamored for LeBron to refine his skills and take it into the post. To his credit he did work in the low block more than he ever had in previous years, but it's pretty obvious the Heat need more from him there.
So, if you're a Heat fan you should be pleased, as this is a step in the right direction.
If you'd like to hear more about Tim Reynolds' conversation with LeBron, you can click here and listen to my interview with him on my show page.
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