LeBron James went back to school
last week, working out against the Miami Hurricanes.
The NBA’s two-time reigning MVP and
some of his new Miami Heat team-mates made a surprise stop at the university’s
basketball facility for some informal scrimmaging against the Hurricanes.
James, Udonis Haslem and New Orleans guard Chris Paul – a close friend of James
– played pickup for more than an hour.
“Just left ‘The U’ hooping with the
team. Great runs! I needed that,” James said.
Some of Miami’s players hadn’t been
told beforehand that James and his crew would be popping in for a workout.
James and the NBA players stayed afterward to pose for pictures.
It’s not uncommon to see NBA
players working out on Miami’s campus, especially those who maintain offseason
homes in South Florida. It was the first time James visited the school since
joining the Heat nearly two months ago.
“No question, it’s great having
those guys here,” Miami coach Frank Haith said. “It’s a great influence for our
players. They’re some of the greatest players in the NBA, so it’s obviously
great for our guys and our program.”
The Hurricanes hope to see plenty
more of King James, who has also been invited to see a Miami football game from
its sideline anytime he wants – even if that happens to be 11 September, when
the nation’s number 13 team travels back to James’ homeland to face number two
Ohio State. James is also allowed to visit a Miami football practice.
James created a buzz in Cleveland
last season after saying he could be “really good” if he committed to playing
football and Browns coach Eric Mangini made a half-serious offer for the 6ft
8in, 260lb forward to “come on down” to work out with the NFL club.