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LeBron James: ‘I’m playing the best basketball of my life, and I’m drinking some wine pretty much every day’

2016 NBA Finals - Game One

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 02: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drinks a sport drink in the second half while taking on the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 2, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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After a frustrating and draining loss in Game 2 of last year’s NBA Finals, LeBron James said he just needed food and wine.

Apparently, LeBron has kept wine as part of his routine.

Between games at the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday and Utah Jazz tomorrow, the Cavaliers are visiting Napa Valley. So, LeBron opened up about his love of wine.

NBC Sports California:


It kind of started around when I turned 30, actually. I started to just learn. I wanted to learn about it. Everybody was talking about how great it is and the different regions – not only here in America, but also obviously Italy and France and so many different places.

So, I started to do some research. I started tasting different wines, and it took a while for my pallet to actually give into it. Because your first time drinking wine, it’s not a very, very lasting taste. Like my daughter said – before I left her try some of my wine. She said, “It tastes like rocks.” And I gave her some very, very, very good wine, too. She said, “Ooh, it tastes like rocks. It’s nasty.” So, I kind of understand what she said.

But over the years, the last few years, I’ve been learning a lot about it and the different types of grapes and the different types of vines they be on, different type of region, the red, the white, blends and things of that nature.

So, it’s great to be in wine country.

I’ve heard it’s good for the heart. As far as healing powers, I’m playing the best basketball of my life, and I’m drinking some wine pretty much every day. So, whatever it is, I’ll take it.

Correlation doesn’t equal causation. But LeBron is playing pretty darned well in his 15th season.

Good thing LeBron’s new house in Los Angeles has a wine cellar. On that note, good thing the Cavs took a took a trip their pending-free agent star would enjoy.