Heat's LeBron James Goes Green, King Bikes to Work on Home Games

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 19, 2012

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 12:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Golden State Warriors at American Airlines Arena on December 12, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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While you were just sitting there not winning NBA Championships, LeBron James was busy biking to work. 

It sort of puts things into perspective when a man who already has one ring is pushing himself in every way imaginable. 

The Miami Sun-Sentinel (h/t Larry Brown Sports) reports the King is in far better shape than in year's past, and it has to do with his mode of transportation to work. 

The man who could afford fancy cars is getting to work like a energy-conservationist hipster, by bicycle. He even has the helmet to match. 

Coming from a man who sits for hours in a computer chair, sprinkling in trips to the fridge, I am amazed by James' willingness to cram as much physical activity into the day. 

As if not leading the 16-6 Miami Heat on the floor weren't enough, he ditched the car to ride the bike to work. 

James sounded off on how the added exertion makes him feel. 

I felt great. I didn’t get tired. I don’t think I got tired (Tuesday) night. I felt great. I could have played again if we had to. Yeah, I’ve been biking a little more than usual. It’s fun. It’s also conditioning, it’s cardio.

James is averaging about the same minutes he did last season, 37.8 per contest. However, he has logged over 40 minutes in four of the team's eight games this December, and shows no sign of fatigue. 

The 27-year old is pretty serious about his biking, offering, "I got lights on my bike. I’m serious. This isn’t a joke. Of course, safety first."

As for why he would ignore the sports cars and go green while home in Miami, James gave some insight into a man who is far from content. 

I just have a drive to continue to improve and just continue to fight through it. (Monday) I was extremely tired but I got some more work in. I’m just trying to push through. As a leader, I want to continue to push through. I’ve got a personal vendetta against myself right now. I’m just trying to push the button, I guess push the envelope.

Whatever he is pushing, James is in the right mindset to put a few more rings by the one he already has. 

The best in any sport go above and beyond to improve their game, killing themselves in the gym and putting in extra work outside of it. 

The scary thought is a guy as talented as James now seems to be motivated far more than most. 

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