LeBron and KD are working out together again

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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?

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ThunderChick2010
2012-09-11 02:58:53
Wow . . . late, late night article!  In the spirit of iron-sharpens-iron, I wonder who you'd pair up with Russ, with Serge, with James, with Lazar (jk) . . . ?
Legendary_Dork
2012-09-11 03:19:10
working out and being buds is fine...BUT....theres just a small part of me that wouldnt mind kd walking around a corner and ACCIDENTALLY overhearing lebron talking smack on the thunder...and kd just silently squinting like  &gt;.&gt;    ok  hairline...LETS DO THIS!  *motivation*  :P  
MackWalser
2012-09-11 04:28:00
Practice playing golf with holes that are the diameter of the ball all the time on courses that are windy, filled with bunkers, and with rough 8" tall and playing a normal course is gonna seem easy as hell.   Practice basketball against the best all-around athlete and basketball player in the world and basketball during a normal NBA game is gonna seem easy as hell. 
MackWalser
2012-09-11 04:28:29
Practice playing golf with holes that are the diameter of the ball all the time on courses that are windy, filled with bunkers, and with rough 8" tall and playing a normal course is gonna seem easy as hell.   Practice basketball against the best all-around athlete and basketball player in the world and basketball during a normal NBA game is gonna seem easy as hell.   
Troker
2012-09-11 04:29:15
Practice playing golf with holes that are the diameter of the ball all the time on courses that are windy, filled with bunkers, and with rough 8" tall and playing a normal course is gonna seem easy as hell.   Practice basketball against the best all-around athlete and basketball player in the world and basketball during a normal NBA game is gonna seem easy as hell.   
Troker
2012-09-11 04:29:50
Practice playing golf with holes that are the diameter of the ball all the time on courses that are windy, filled with bunkers, and with rough 8" tall and playing a normal course is gonna seem easy as hell.   Practice basketball against the best all-around athlete and basketball player in the world and basketball during a normal NBA game is gonna seem easy as hell.   
TaoMaas
2012-09-11 06:46:44
I have no problem with KD and Lebron working out together.  All I want is for them to take turns coming to the other's home turf.  I'd like Lebron to get a better feel for what the Thunder have here in OKC.  Let him see more of the city...play video games with the rest of the gang...just hang out.  Money is money wherever you go...but just as OKC can't match the glitz and glamor of bigger cities, those bigger cities can't offer the sense of family that the Thunder have here.  With enough money, you can party wherever and however you like, but where do you fly to if you want to find "home"?  Eh...I keep getting a feeling that Lebron might consider joining the Thunder when his contract is up in Miami...and it won't have anything to do with money.
Stringer Bell
2012-09-11 06:54:37
 @ThunderChick2010 Russ and Rose usually work out together, But DRose is out so...
cemitten
2012-09-11 08:41:45
 @Legendary_Dork somewhere in this post Legendary_Dork went from real life to anime.
Skip_Bayless
2012-09-11 08:45:15
Kevin Durant's biggest mistake was making best friends with Prince James, the most mentally weak super star, maybe, of all time.  It allowed the artist formerly known as the Ringless King to play in a comfort zone.  And I will grant you that LeBron did average 28 and 10 in the NBA finals, but may I remind you that during the first 9 minutes of the fourth quarter of game 1 of the NBA finals, he was 1-6 from the field.  The demons had come home to roost.  But at the end of the day, Kevin Durant, who is my favorite player in the NBA even though he said that I was the guy who didn't know a thing about basketball, cost himself by playing sleepover with his new bff, LeBron James. 
Skip_Bayless
2012-09-11 08:46:24
Kevin Durant's biggest mistake was making best friends with Prince James, the most mentally weak super star, maybe, of all time.  It allowed the artist formerly known as the Ringless King to play in a comfort zone.  And I will grant you that LeBron did average 28 and 10 in the NBA finals, but may I remind you that during the first 9 minutes of the fourth quarter of game 1 of the NBA finals, he was 1-6 from the field.  The demons...had come home...to roost.  But at the end of the day, Kevin Durant, who is my favorite player in the NBA even though he said that I was the guy who didn't know a thing about basketball, cost himself by playing sleepover with his new bff, LeBron James.
ou_sas
2012-09-11 08:48:52
 @cemitten  @Legendary_Dork This is DT. Where we regularly go from real life to anime at the drop of a hat.
ou_sas
2012-09-11 08:53:07
I kind of like the idea of KD working out against/with Lebron from this angle: There's only one person in the league who you're worried about, and now you're getting important data on him. Moreover, you're now practicing against him (and if you mean to tell me they don't play pick-up against one another, you're deluding yourself). You want KD to get used to guarding Lebron? The best way is for him to spend a week here actually guarding Lebron every possession and figuring some of his tricks out. KD absorbs things from the games of people who beat him on the big stage. (e.g., Dirk's one legged fadeaway)... let's see what he takes from Lebron.
ou_sas
2012-09-11 08:59:39
 @Skip_Bayless Whoa, Skip, when did you start paying attention to stats?
f5alcon
2012-09-11 09:02:33
 @Stringer Bell  @ThunderChick2010 so...russ can practice what it will be like with steve nash defending him
tydude
2012-09-11 09:06:11
Seattle City Council approved Chris Hanson deal vote should be this week and Sonics fans is telling each other that it could be a long process for them getting a NBA team 
ou_sas
2012-09-11 09:06:33
 @tydude are*
ou_sas
2012-09-11 09:08:41
 @ThunderChick2010  As @Stringer Bell says, Russ and Rose. Harden and Manu. Serge and Pau (learn to catch the damn ball!)
dancassidy35/FreeFezzyFel from GSW!!!
2012-09-11 09:10:19
 @ThunderChick2010 Russ and Rose, Harden and Kobe, Serge with Hakeem
f5alcon
2012-09-11 09:12:25
 @tydude At least there will be no child predators with chris hanson around,lol.
Barry Amenema
2012-09-11 09:23:01
 @ou_sas   Seattle City Council are approved Chris Hanson deal vote should be this week and Sonics fans is telling each other that it could be a long process for them getting a NBA team.   FIXED
novelisticbee0
2012-09-11 09:25:34
@Barry Amenema @ou_sas I literally just cringed.
ou_sas
2012-09-11 09:27:16
 @Barry Amenema Thanks, you interpreted my grammar correction perfectly!
ou_sas
2012-09-11 09:29:55
 @f5alcon  @tydude Actually, that brings up an interesting question, especially in light of that SBN column yesterday. What was Seattle's ownership like pre-Bennett? Good? Bad? Sterling?
f5alcon
2012-09-11 09:34:03
 @ou_sas  @tydude which owners? schultz started good then went to garbage, was more concenered about money than winning. The owners before that were good.
Steve H
2012-09-11 09:35:32
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ou_sas
2012-09-11 09:36:50
 @f5alcon  @tydude I have very minimal knowledge of the Sonics organization pre-Bennett, so it was an open question. I was just wondering in general whether or not Bennett was the latest in a long line of fan abuses or if they'd had really good ownership until he showed up. It sounds like it's kind of a mixed bag.
tydude
2012-09-11 09:38:18
 @ou_sas  @f5alcon Schultz made them trade Gary Payton and it destroyed the team that is why he had to seal the team and thank you Schultz you are always welcome to attend a thunder game 
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-11 09:43:43
 @ou_sas  @Barry Amenema  * an NBA  team  You're falling down on the job here . . . or do you have a one-fix-per-post limit.  (No offense intended, tydude.)
OBoymuzik
2012-09-11 09:48:03
Perk should work out with Dwight Howard before training camp starts. 
ou_sas
2012-09-11 09:52:04
 @ThunderChick2010  @Barry Amenema I only was fixing the obvious one.
C-Wil
2012-09-11 09:53:02
 @OBoymuzik Perk should work out before training camp starts*
ou_sas
2012-09-11 09:53:59
 @C-Wil  @OBoymuzik Have we heard how his rehab is going?
OBoymuzik
2012-09-11 09:55:37
 @ou_sas  @C-Wil we haven't heard anything
OBoymuzik
2012-09-11 09:56:38
 @ou_sas  @C-Wil someone could have kept that daniel orton question to themselves yesterday and asked Presti about Perk, who wil actually be on the team. 
justin_mia
2012-09-11 09:56:42
I'm on vacation but I need to comment just to say this comment is stupid.  
ou_sas
2012-09-11 09:59:13
 @justin_mia Enjoy your vacation! 
Skyline
2012-09-11 10:00:25
@OBoymuzik@ou_sas@C-Wil Since we are now pairing up KD and Lebron as workout buddies. Now we need to pair up some other Thunder players. 1. KD with Lebron 2. Ibaka with Hakeem Olajuwon 3. Perkins with Dwight Howard. 4 Harden with Lil Wayne. 5. Westbrook with Chuck Norris. 6. N. Collison with ?
dancassidy35/FreeFezzyFel from GSW!!!
2012-09-11 10:00:45
 @Skyline  @OBoymuzik  @ou_sas  @C-Wil Collison don't need to train with nobody
Skyline
2012-09-11 10:01:56
 @dancassidy35/FreeFezzyFel from GSW!!!  @OBoymuzik  @ou_sas  @C-Wil I am thinking Collison with Bear Grylls?
dancassidy35/FreeFezzyFel from GSW!!!
2012-09-11 10:02:07
I'll preface by saying I desperately want Harden to stay.    However, in the event that we end up trading him for a draft pick, the timing blows. 2013 draft is nothing special, 2014 draft is where it's at in terms of prospects. 
OBoymuzik
2012-09-11 10:02:17
 @Skyline  @ou_sas  @C-Wil Cole with Joel Pryzbilla
Skyline
2012-09-11 10:03:04
 @OBoymuzik  @ou_sas  @C-Wil or the tooth fairy.
dancassidy35/FreeFezzyFel from GSW!!!
2012-09-11 10:05:04
 @OBoymuzik  @Skyline  @ou_sas  @C-Wil The original Vanilla Gorilla
D@nny
2012-09-11 10:05:56
 @dancassidy35/FreeFezzyFel from GSW!!!  @ThunderChick2010 I'd rather Harden with Manu...Harden has Kobe's number already.   Plus, I want Harden to start doing things like this on the reg: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSN1yRY_cXM  
OBoymuzik
2012-09-11 10:06:00
 @Skyline  @ou_sas  @C-Wil to be honest i want KD to work out with Shawn Marion Westbrook and Harden to work out with Tony Allen     nobody take a shot, just learn defense
ou_sas
2012-09-11 10:13:47
Uh, oh, Perk's at 120. Ladies and Gentlemen, start your twitter feeds!   http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/8365342/2012-nba-player-rankings-101-120
OBoymuzik
2012-09-11 10:20:58
two thunder tweets via hpbasketball  Reggie Jackson, Thabeet, PJ3, and Hollis Thompson, and PERK (!) are visiting an OKC middle school, will take the kids through drills.   Also PJ3 and Thabeet are taking kids on the Rolling Thunder Book Bus. The kids get to pick out a free book, which is really awesome.  
C-Wil
2012-09-11 10:21:34
 @OBoymuzik  hpbasketball i wanna go back to school :( 
OBoymuzik
2012-09-11 10:22:52
 @C-Wil  hpbasketball i hope Thabeet is making balloon hats for everyone
Jooseppi
2012-09-11 10:31:01
 @dancassidy35/FreeFezzyFel from GSW!!! I don't really agree with that. There are a few freshmen that are as highly regarded or even moreso than Anthony Davis a year ago, along with a strong class of returning players and what looks to be a much deeper and better international contingent. 
Jax Raging Bile Duct
2012-09-11 10:35:58
 @ou_sas My mother drilled it into me that if I can't find anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all.   And while I don't make a habit of it, I think just for this once, I should probably listen to her.
Jax Raging Bile Duct
2012-09-11 10:36:43
http://dailythunder.com/2012/09/tuesday-bolts-9-11-12/
DustinMcWilliams
2012-09-11 10:55:10
It's like Goku and Vegeta training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, continuing to increase their power levels.   LBJ finally went Super Saiyan in the Finals to win his first 'ship. KD is determined to surpass that, and will go SS level 2 before the season's over.
Facsimile
2012-09-11 12:58:56
 @DustinMcWilliams and you wonder why you can't get laid?
ThunderChick2010
2012-09-11 13:04:29
 @justin_mia It's really difficult to tell which one specifically you're referring to . . .
H2H Hombre
2012-09-11 13:10:04
 @DustinMcWilliams This is the dorkest and most awesome comparison ever! Thank you for making my day. :)
ou_sas
2012-09-11 14:27:08
 @ThunderChick2010  @justin_mia Any of them, take your pick. 
SoCal Thunder
2012-09-11 16:32:37
 @DustinMcWilliams Childhood memories :')
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