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LeBron hits the practice court for ‘extended workout’ after Heat lose to Knicks

Dec 7, 2012, 12:17 AM EDT

LeBron James

The Knicks blew out the Heat for the second time this season, this one coming in Miami and with Carmelo Anthony sidelined due to injury.

The loss didn’t sit well with LeBron James.

The reigning MVP did all he could, finishing with a near triple-double statistical line of 31 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists. But the Knicks bombed away from distance with 18 three-pointers, and Miami’s defense continued to struggle, only forcing seven New York turnovers.

Afterward, James did something very unusual, but not unfamiliar for a superstar in Miami after losing a marquee matchup.

From Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com:

In case you aren’t up to speed on the postgame routines of the league’s biggest stars, they typically are done getting their exercise for the night after playing 39 of 48 minutes in an NBA contest.

Maybe it’s something about Miami.

In March of 2011, Kobe Bryant emerged from the locker room after his Lakers lost to the Heat, and began going through a full workout on Miami’s home floor, in full view of reporters and arena workers.

LeBron’s workout was more private, but the message he was trying to send was the same. He’s willing to put in as much work as necessary for his team to get better, and do so immediately. We’ll see if his teammates follow suit.

  1. jimmygrahamchrisivory - Dec 7, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Trying to be like Kobe!!

    Bosh and Wade should be the ones having an extended workout after both missed 9+ shots a piece, combining for 6-25. As well a lack of bench production from Ray Allen, Cole, and Mike Miler. Not sure what Lebron is trying to prove

    • xavier46 - Dec 7, 2012 at 1:57 AM

      “Not sure what Lebron is trying to prove”

      Hmmm…

      “He’s willing to put in as much work as necessary for his team to get better”

      Hmmm…

      • jimmygrahamchrisivory - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:05 AM

        If he really wanted to send a message and be a leader, he would’ve pulled all of those bozos that played like sh!t tonight out of the locker room onto the court and make them work on their games instead of himself. It’s great that he wants to continue to get better as well as leading example, but at some point you have to realize you aren’t the problem when you put up a 31-10-9 line and your team (consisting of three other All-Stars!!) still loses by 20 at home to a team that was missing it’s best player.

        Not everyone is going to take the initiative to step up and improve themselves on their own. They need a good kick in the ass to get things going. Bosh and, especially, Wade have really gotten too comfortable as of late on both ends of the floor. No one is going to worry about it right now since it’s still early and they have a 12-5 record, but they definitely don’t look like a team that can repeat. NY and Brooklyn are going to give them a good run for their money. There’s about 4, maybe 5 if Kobe and Dwight can fix their problems, legit teams in the West that are strong enough to win it all.

      • ericbleedspurple - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:42 AM

        Exactly. Lebron James has nothing to prove. He’s just committed to winning and getting better.

      • bougin89 - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        @jimmygrahamchrisivory

        It’s called leading by example. If Lebron thinks the Heat need to put in extra work and get better he should be the first one to do it, as he did last night. Any coach would tell you that if the best player on your team is also your hardest worker the rest of your team has a much better chance to follow suit. What Lebron did last night is exactly what any coach would want from the leader of their team. Props to Lebron.

    • dko83 - Dec 7, 2012 at 4:33 AM

      Was completely unaware Kobe patented practicing after a loss. Lebron should pay him royalties I guess? Dumb.

  2. hodaghunter - Dec 7, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    The very best players in the world are always trying to get better. Never satisfied with where they are at. This is why guys like Kobe (who gets in a workout as early as 5am before practices) and Lebron continue to get better and why other guys who are bless with talent never leave their mark on the league.

    Hard work beats Talent when Talent does not work Hard Enough…

  3. abchome - Dec 7, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Lebron’s not the problem. Just can’t play one, with 4 traffic cones, on five most of the night.

  4. rns46 - Dec 7, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    sounds like fustration after a game like that I dont blame him

  5. rayray5227 - Dec 7, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    So fake. Trying to be like Kobe. If you cared so much, you would be pushing your teammates during the game. That’s why I can’t stand Lebron, he is so fake.

    • progress2011 - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:05 AM

      This is just STOOOPID !

      Trying to be like kobe? He’s not jacking up 30 shots a game, shooting his team out of games.

      kobe is not flirting with multiple Triple Doubles.

      He is NOTHIN like kobe aka Glorified Harlem Globetrotter.

      • rayray5227 - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:43 AM

        Thats stupid?! Kobe a “Harlem Globetrotter.” What planet do you live on? Kobe is carrying the team on his back half the time as his teammates are just standing around chewing their nails. Shooting his team out of games? The dude brings his team right into games lol. That is the stupidest thing ive read in a forumn. As to your other commnent, bailing it off by dumping to Gasol… hmmm prolly cuz half the other team is right up in his face not even giving him any breathing room. The definition of a Kobe hater.

      • progress2011 - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM

        Ahahahaha ray-ray – with a screen name like that, you are probably 12, so I will be gentle.

        kobe is carrying the team on his back…..ahahahahaha ! Is that what you call it when he attempts to be Curly Neal ( you probably don’t know, Curly Neal was another famous Harlem Globetrotter).

        His teammates are standing around because they know, he has ZERO intention of passing the friggin ball.

        Any “EDUCATED” ball player or even fan, understands that if one guy shoots the ball more than two other all stars….especially at average or low percentages……..That’s called a BALL HAWK !!!

        Check the numbers, wanna-be-like mike shoots more shots than Pau, Howard and Artest….COMBINED !!!

        He shot approx 100 MORE SHOTS than Durant last year and Durant still won the scoring title….

        The Definition of understanding “FUNDAMENTALS”

  6. hartdaddy - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Miami only forced 7 NY turnovers…so that means they’re D was poor? It has nothing to do with the fact that NY is the best team in the NBA in not turning the ball over. Damn give NY some credit.

    Lebron, you keep working…not gonna help if your “superstar teammates” don’t show up cause smart teams lock those guys out. Wade 3/13…geez.

  7. bbk1000 - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Man I hate Lebron….the NBA’s version of ARod….just a phony….

    • paleihe - Dec 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      HA HA! You’re an idiot.

      • bbk1000 - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:31 PM

        I understand how the LeBron flunkies disagree…..your response proves my point….

        I hope this kid realizes he has fleas and ticks all around him….none of them caused by any pet he may take in….

  8. progress2011 - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    Bosh just ran around, happy Chandler was sweating on him. He may not bath for a week….That dude is
    “QUESTIONABLE” at best !

    D Model was pondering his modeling career and running around MAD cause LBJ is on the front of different magazines for “Sportsman of the Year”.

    Reminiscent of his Cleveland experience

  9. rickyspanish - Dec 7, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    Where’s cantonbound? I figured he would be spewing his predictable childish hatred by now.

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 7, 2012 at 6:52 AM

      Score board don’t lie moron!

      • rickyspanish - Dec 7, 2012 at 8:19 AM

        Predictable as always. Congratulations on you’re teams regular season win. I hope the 1/4 season championship they just won keeps you warm at night. Oh, calling me a moron cut me pretty deep, good one, I’ll do my best to press on after being rocked so hard by your scathing comments.

      • cantonbound13 - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        Hey Rico Suave, I wouldn’t be surprised if you were one of the bandwagon idiots that was saying the “Heatles” we’re going to win more than 72 games. If you’re content with celebrating a championship from a lockout shortened season or one from the Tim Donoghey scandal, I wouldn’t criticize someone relishing a regular season beat down. Wasn’t it great seeing all the bandwagon fans leaving the arena last night with chants of let’s go Knicks?
        By the way a regular season game doesn’t keep me warm at night. Your mom does!

  10. cantonbound13 - Dec 7, 2012 at 6:10 AM

    Hey Miami, how do you like your Heat now? When Amare, Shumpert & Melo come back we’ll beat your overrated a$$e# by 50!

    • soflasfinest - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      Just like last years playoffs..oh wait.

  11. fanofevilempire - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:04 AM

    LeBron is at another level, the haters better put on their seatbelts because this guy
    and his basketball IQ are taking off…………………
    Dwayne has given him the keys, this man is unstoppable if they let him run the floor.

    • rtfinch - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      Basketball IQ? The same player that decides to use Ray Allen as a decoy (after he’s 3-3 on game winners this seasn) or the same player that can get to the rim whenever he wants but insists on shooting 3s and fade away jumpers?

      Amazing athlete, great player, but questionable decision making.

  12. lemfaxx - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    Sign martin for the extra def…

  13. ebrownwareagle - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    @progress2011

    “Kobe a Glorified Globetrotter”…. You sound like an idiot. Still detracting from 5 CHAMPIONSHIPS, Gold-medals, MVP’s etc…. Sheer Stupidity. If you were born in the 80′s or later Kobe is the GReatest player you’ve ever seen and then Lebron. If you were born with me you had the opportunity to watch Magic,Bird,MJ,Kobe, and Lebron! Appreciate GREATNESS! I never here people detract from Peyton Manning accomplishments because TBrady won 3 rings or Eli winning 2. Steve Young is considered one of the best and is listed in the pantheon of greatness even though he followed Joe Montana who won multiple titles before him and he being Young, only won one as a starter. All these guys are considered great and are allowed their rightful place in history amongst the great ones. Brett Farve included. HOWEVER, when it comes to the NBA and its players Kobe(5xchamp)can’t be great because he fake and trying to be Jordan. Lebron(NBA champ) can be great either because he is fake trying to be Kobe and MJ. This Sh*t is a joke. Both these guys are GREAT! Give them there just do’s and miss me with the yeah BUTs’.

    • progress2011 - Dec 7, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      Ebola warchicken

      I was not born in the 80′s which is why I respect “FUNDAMENTALS” !!!

      The fact that you had to go thru that loooooong diatribe, confirms you too believe he shoots his team out of games.

      30+ friggin shots a game…..that’s a CERTIFIED Ball Hawk !

      Then when he is not successful finding a brick he wants to shoot, with 2 or 3 seconds left on the shot clock, he shuttles the ball to Gasol.

      If Gasol doesn’t make the last minute shot, he then makes a scene, so that the media and fans can highlight Gasol, when they lose………PONK MOVE !!!

      Dude will be remembered as a VOLUME SHOOTER….who had the green light to throw anything he wanted at the rim !

      Don’t believe me, read Phil Jacksons book or stories of Robert Horry, Karl Malone, Gary Payton, Rick Fox and the MVP of 3 of the Chips Shaqs comments about

      And1/Harlem Globetrotter/ Jack-Up-Artist / Wanna-Be-Like-Mike

  14. Reggie's Bush - Dec 7, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Stern will now be fining the refs for not calling b.s. calls and wade/bosh for not showing up

  15. cedtammy12 - Dec 7, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    Wade is not play like he use to n plus is really slippin play ball that what you get PAID for

  16. ebrownwareagle - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    @progress 2011

    “Don’t believe me, read Phil Jacksons book or stories of Robert Horry, Karl Malone, Gary Payton, Rick Fox and the MVP of 3 of the Chips Shaqs comments about”

    I’ll be that… You ole certified cyber thug. Love y’all guys. Talk like ya 6’6 250! And a mouse in person.

    Robert Horry = Role Player won rings still a role player. Not Even in Kobe league.

    Karl Malone = Career Loser
    Gary Payton = Career Loser (my bad 1 ring)
    Rick Fox = Role Player who won off Kobe’s back
    And
    Shaq = and I quote “Kobe’s the Greatest player I have ever played with/greatest Laker” not my words his.

    • progress2011 - Dec 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      War Chicken,

      Did you get amnesia or did you conveniently leave off Phil … You know the guy that has career numbers of winning Chips. You’re not foolin NOBODY !

      Shaq historically played with scrubs because Penny’s career was cut short due to injuries.

      SO, kobe was a good sidekick as Shaq won 3 Finals MVPs.

      FYI: Never said I was 6’6″ but to understand FUNDAMENTALS…one doesn’t have to be.

      I run my business from my home, so in between company business….it keeps me laughing and awake to educate “youngsters” that have no clue about FUNDAMENTALS !!!

  17. passerby23 - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    This is silly grandstanding by Lebron. First of all, the guy went for a triple double. The problem wasn’t him. Second of all, he didn’t look all that upset about losing when he was smiling and high fiving Knick players after the game. There was no scowl, no meanness, no upset. That’s why when Lebron does stuff like this, it just seems phony.

  18. jcmeyer10 - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    I hope the romantic dinner Kurt planned for himself and LeBron didn’t get ruined by the late night practice!

  19. borderline1988 - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Wade really has to step up. The guy isn’t playing defense and isn’t scoring.

    Bosh is a different story. You know what you’re getting on defense from him. On offense, I think the Heat need to use him better. He’s the perfect antidote to Tyson Chandler…he can pull Chandler away from the rim with his midrange shooting, and can take Chandler one on one from out there. He also rolls really well on picks, which forces Chandler to stay back on the ballhandler.

    The Heat’s offense is still confused with regards to whether they want to just have Wade and Lebron penetrate and find open shooters, or to run pick and rolls with Bosh.
    It should depend on who they play.

    But ultimately, their defense needs to improve. THeir offense will never be terribly efficient, but if they can hold teams to under 100 points, they can usually win in the 4th b/c of their superior athletiscm & fitness, and ability to grind opponents down. They simply cannot let good teams can on crazy streaks in the 3rd quarter. Miami is not built to come back from 20 down, they’re built to grind things out and cause turnovers late in the game.

    • limonadamas - Dec 7, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      Nice analysis! MIA will figure it out. It wears on you physically to play balls to the wall defense night in and night out. They’re still young enough to flip the switch, I think. If I were a MIA fan though, I’d mostly be worried about Wade. He hasn’t been himself in a long time now.

  20. miamatt - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Doing what champions do. We are still over four months from the start of the second season, and in spite of all the hollering, the Heat are still in position to coast to a top 3 seed.

    You can’t accuse LeBron of not caring, but at some point this Miami team needs to start defending with zeal- and the real problem is 2nd level rotations being late or non-existent at this point. Five men on a string, as they say.

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