Watch: Lebron James at Cleveland Cavaliers Media Day; Addresses Decision, Weight Loss
On asking his kids for permission to return to Cleveland…
JAMES: No, I asked them first. I didn’t explain it to them, they explained it to me.
I was like, “What do you think about daddy going back home to play?”
And it was like, “Home, you talking about Cleveland?”
I’m like, “yeah.”
And it was like, ” OK. You gonna play with Kyrie Irving?” I was like, ” ….yeah.”
It was like, ” We get to go back home to our house? And I get to go back to my old school and my old friends?” And I was like, “yeah.”
“OK, you can do it.”
And that’s how it went.
On losing weight in the off-season…
JAMES: It had nothing to do with basketball. I should have wrote a letter about that too. To stop the speculations of why I did it.
Every summer I challenge myself to do something different that’s outside the box. I stopped eating candy last summer. Just like, no candy for a whole summer – just to try to challenge myself to see if I can do it. So I decided to do this particular diet this summer for 2 months. It had nothing to do with basketball, nothing at all.
Once I set out a goal I like to accomplish it. And, in the process I lost some weight, and in the process stories came out because of this junction in my career. I’m 29 years old; I still can fly above the rim. I don’t need to lose weight do that; not at this point in my career.
The great thing I got out of it is to see how can my body transform. So I as get older in my career, If i need to lose some weight or shed some weight, I know exactly where I can get down to, but it had nothing to be basketball. But it did make me quicker, so it helps our team.