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For LeBron and KD, their 2012 seasons began and ended together. It started while the league was still locked out as the two teamed up for a one week workout marathon in Akron they dubbed “hell week.”
And of course, it ended with LeBron raising a banner for the Heat and Durant left to hang his head.
So they’re back at it again. Via Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, LeBron and KD are back working out together for a little pre-training camp training.
Now, I know. It’s a little… icky. But it is what it is: LeBron and KD are buds. But they’re also good for each other. They drive one another, they push, they motivate. Last season’s work week helped both guys reach another level. Of course they want to beat each other. But that’s on the basketball court (or flag football field).
If it makes them better, then awesome. Because a better KD and a better LeBron is good for everyone. And iron sharpens iron, so with those two guys working out, their iron is going to be pretty darn sharp.
Plus, I have no problem whatsoever with KD and LeBron being off-the-court pals. Just because they like each other doesn’t mean they can’t still be rivals. Doesn’t mean they don’t want to beat the other’s brains out. No, Larry and Magic wouldn’t have lifted weights together. No, MJ wouldn’t have helped out his competition. But that was a different time, and those were different players. There’s this weird idealistic view that players have to hate one another to want to beat one another. Obviously inaccurate.
It’s more about being as good as you can possibly be. And clearly, both LeBron and Durant feel like they’re good for each other. It’s probably the type of thing where if LeBron does 245 sit-ups, KD’s going to do everything he can to do 246. Competitive motivation is a powerful weapon.
In the end you have to see if your best can beat the other guy’s best and that’s the bottom line. LeBron’s going to be working out somewhere, so why not have a watchful eye on him. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, you know?