Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James continues to add to his illustrious NBA career. James is nearing closer to two decades in the league with no sign of slowing down. As he heads into the offseason, the four-time league MVP recently did something he hasn’t done in two years.
LeBron James’ unwavering dedication to his craft extends well beyond the court
Through his first 18 seasons, James put forth a remarkable NBA career that extends much further than his immense talent on the court.
The 37-year-old has fully embraced a lifestyle that significantly emphasizes his health through nutrition and exercise routines. In July 2018, it was revealed via Business Insider that the star forward spends around $1.5 million per year to take care of his body.
It covers the costs of his home gym, trainers, chefs, appliances, massage therapists, and more. All that has played a pivotal part in allowing him to get the most out of his physical ability as he ages.
With that in mind, James recently indulged in something he hasn’t done in two years.
LeBron James finally chose to break a strict two-year promise he made to himself
James has increased the importance of stern dietary habits and health routines throughout the last several years to extend his career and high level of performance.
With those restrictions come some significant sacrifices in his food consumption. During a recent post on James’ Instagram story, he posted a photo of his dinner that included eating steak for the first time in two years.
“First time having steak in over two years! Wish me luck!” James wrote.
James’ decision to avoid eating steak shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given how much importance he puts toward maintaining a strict diet. It may also suggest the 37-year-old has elected to shift from eating meat to indulging in a plant-based diet.
Over the years, he’s evolved his food consumption toward focusing on maintaining his weight and strength. In 2014, James voiced to Sports Illustrated that he cut out sugars, dairy, and carbs entirely while eating only meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit.
“I had no sugars, no dairy, I had no carbs,” the four-time MVP explained. “All I ate was meat, fish, veggies and fruit. That’s it. For 67 straight days.”
Since then, he’s embraced a full bore approach to all aspects of his health to allow him to play out his NBA career on his terms.
When will he step into retirement?
James‘ dietary choices aside, the star forward’s NBA future remains an open book as he nears closer to two decades in the league.
The 37-year-old is currently under contract with the Lakers through the next two seasons after inking a one-year extension last year. The 17-time All-Star strategically positioned himself to control his fate after his 20th campaign.
James has repeatedly hinted at the desire to play alongside his son, LeBron James Jr. if he enters the NBA in 2023 through the draft or free agency.
“That’s definitely one of my goals, but that’s a long-term goal,” James said via Mark Medina of USA TODAY Sports. “My son right now is in high school and enjoying what being a teenager is all about. But that would be pretty cool to go on my resume.”
There is no guarantee Bronny will reach the NBA, but the four-time league MVP has ensured the door is open for the unique opportunity. Ultimately, only time will tell when the future first-ballot Hall of Famer will step away from the game.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.