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LeBron hits the practice court for ‘extended workout’ after Heat lose to Knicks

LeBron James

Miami Heat’s LeBron James (6) reacts after missing a shot against the New York Knicks in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec, 6, 2012, in Miami. The Knicks won 112-92. James nearly picked up his second straight triple-double with 31 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. ( AP Photo/Alan Diaz)


The Knicks blew out the Heat for the second time this season, this one coming in Miami and with Carmelo Anthony sidelined due to injury.

The loss didn’t sit well with LeBron James.

The reigning MVP did all he could, finishing with a near triple-double statistical line of 31 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists. But the Knicks bombed away from distance with 18 three-pointers, and Miami’s defense continued to struggle, only forcing seven New York turnovers.

Afterward, James did something very unusual, but not unfamiliar for a superstar in Miami after losing a marquee matchup.

From Brian Windhorst of

LeBron went thru an extended workout after the game on the practice court. Said Knicks “kicked our ass” & he “had to get better”

— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) December 7, 2012

In case you aren’t up to speed on the postgame routines of the league’s biggest stars, they typically are done getting their exercise for the night after playing 39 of 48 minutes in an NBA contest.

Maybe it’s something about Miami.

In March of 2011, Kobe Bryant emerged from the locker room after his Lakers lost to the Heat, and began going through a full workout on Miami’s home floor, in full view of reporters and arena workers.

LeBron’s workout was more private, but the message he was trying to send was the same. He’s willing to put in as much work as necessary for his team to get better, and do so immediately. We’ll see if his teammates follow suit.