The King sets up a throne to begin his media interview

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13 Oct 2021

LeBron James sat on the edge of a practice court at the Coronado Springs resort ballroom with ice taped to each of his knees and an ice bucket nearby.

After practices and games the Lakers star's ritual includes icing his joints and then plunging his feet into the ice bucket. He sets a timer on his phone to alert him when they’ve soaked for long enough. Life in the bubble, though, has created the need for adjustment. James would normally have reporters gather around him in the locker room while he soaked his feet, but in the bubble players have to leave the practice court to sit in front of a camera set up for a video conference. So James and his ice bucket made their way into the hallway. The chair that awaited him was too tall for him to comfortably sit, so James pointed at a nearby lobby chair — an ornate wingback chair in maroon and beige. Two people helped bring it over to James, who helped settle it in place.

“Everybody’s gonna be like, ‘LeBron’s got his own chair! Throne!’” James said, jokingly imitating the voices of perceived critics with a laugh.

James was simply keeping his routine. It’s a task that grows more and more important for him as the playoffs approach, but this season even more so than normal. With a four-month break because of the COVID-19 pandemic, James’ body was denied the rhythm he normally follows. As the Lakers prepare to start games that count on Thursday, James continues to adapt to his new environment. SUPPORT THE CHANNEL
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