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It’s not a joke setup, LeBron drinks a gallon of water a day during playoffs

Apr 22, 2011, 1:27 PM EST

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I’m not going to do it. You insert your own jokes about LeBron James urinating during this post. I will not take part in your juvenile game. Much.

During these playoffs, as he has done for years during the playoffs, LeBron James strives to drink a gallon of water a day. So you know what that means (insert your first joke here) — proper hydration.

Brian Windhorst spells it out for us at ESPN’s Heat Index.

James has a new sidekick these days — a gallon jug filled with water that he tugs around just about wherever he goes. James vows to drink those fluids every day during the playoffs, usually before practices, and even after games start. It is a routine he began several years ago in the postseason, an effort to increase hydration.

“Playoff sweat is different than regular season sweat,” James said Thursday morning as he grabbed his jug, by then about 60 percent empty, on his way to the Heat’s bus following shootaround at the Wells Fargo Center.

“It’s not always easy to drink it all but I think it helps.”

James says he starts drinking the water at about 9 a.m. and wants to have it finished by the time he gets on the bus to head over to the arena. That’s before drinking water, sports drinks and recovery drinks during the and after the game. The idea is that the extra fluids will help recovery and increase stamina.

Those extra fluids will also increase (insert your second joke here).

Really, this is pretty smart. We could all use to drink more water. Did you drink eight glasses today? No, the water in beer does not count. Just glasses of water. Do it. It would be good for your body. And you can be more like LeBron James — by missing game introductions so you can be in the bathroom.

  1. pdbro - Apr 22, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Drinking that much fluid at that level of prolonged exercise goes without saying. I wonder how much he imbibes in an entire day. I’m currently over 4 gallons a day, which far exceeds the intake amount of the layman (I’m a strength/fitness guy). Anyway, you get used to the bathroom thing. Besides, your bladder also expands over time (yes it sucks at first). The latter is especially great when you go to bars because you can do a couple power hours before having to sit in a line or wade through vomit in order to use the restroom.

  2. hnirobert3 - Apr 22, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    If he missed the pregame introductions in Cleveland because he was using the restroom, I doubt it was because he was urinating…

  3. frankvzappa - Apr 22, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    piss jokes? really? you are SUPPOSED to drink a gallon of water a day…im not an athlete and i drink that much…of course, most people are too stupid to realize that soda is nothing but a cancer-causing ingestible chemical cocktail, so they dont realize that water is the most delicious and perfect thing on this planet (im speaking of pure water, of course, not the part water/part aluminum waste product deceptively known as fluoride that passes for water in this nightmare country)…if you dont feel the same way about drinking pure water, your palette is off from being a stupid american…

    • ku62 - Apr 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM

      frank, do you distill your own, or do you pay the bottlers to filter some tap water?

  4. sdboltaction - Apr 22, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    When I was in the Marine Corps, I would drink a gallon of water every day… so what? What’s the big deal…?

    • mogogo1 - Apr 22, 2011 at 4:48 PM

      A gallon of water per day for an athlete the size of LeBron isn’t at all surprising. What is odd is he believes extra fluids can somehow increase his stamina, which isn’t going to happen. Over-hydrating has actually been shown to be dangerous in distance runners because it leads to deplenishment of vitamins and minerals; there have been runners die of that.

      And recent studies have even called into question the old 8-glasses-of-water-per-day theory. Average people are probably perfectly fine only drinking when they get thirsty and consuming any more than that will simply pass your body without helping anything.

  5. blackglass3 - Apr 22, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    I wonder if he drank his gallon last year during the Boston series. Or maybe he quit drinking water just like he quit on his team.

  6. okcallday - Apr 23, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    such intelligent and insightful commentary, kurt, as per usual. i should never have doubted you.

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