KEY POINTS

  • LeBron James sheds off some pounds in preparation for the coming season
  • James has a platoon of NBA veterans who can help out the Lakers' title drive
  • Davis bulks up to be ready for the physicality down low

LeBron James has been quietly working on his body, one of the reasons why he remains efficient on the basketball court.

But for the coming NBA season, it appears the four-time NBA champion made a different approach.

With most NBA players normally trying to bulk up for the physicality of the game during the season, the four-time NBA MVP opted to trim down instead.

The update was given by Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka via Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.

"He has a high level of confidence in his teammates and what this team can accomplish," Pelinka stated.

Considering he is about to reach the age of 37, it would be a wise move as a lighter physique could spare him from serious injuries.

James had his share of injuries last season, something that may have raised the alarm on the 17-time All-Star.

With a stellar cast, the Lakers are in a good position to win another NBA title. But this is on the premise that their current and new aging stars can stay healthy.

The Lakers now have Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Deandre Jordan in the fold.

Aside from that, there are returning Lakers such as Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo and Wayne Ellington to boost the title bid.

But if James decided to shed off some pounds, the same cannot be said for Anthony Davis. The All-Star center, on the other hand, has bulked up.

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers Photo: Getty Images | Christian Petersen

With the physicality down low during games, “The Brow” needs to gain more mass to withstand the pushing and shoving that big men are prone to.

Davis’ transformation was revealed by Lakers’ head coach Frank Vogel when he appeared on the LakeShow podcast.

“We had a moment maybe two weeks ago, where he had been training at home and we had a lot of conversations about concerns we have with our team…  And [Davis] comes in for a workout, the first time we’ve seen him for a while, and his body looked imposing. And we all just looked at each other like, ‘We’re going to be really good this year. Just looking at that guy right there, we’re going to be really good this year,'” Vogel said.