Kyle Korver knows how it feels to run into LeBron James in the playoffs.
In both of the past two seasons, the LeBron-led Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Atlanta Hawks out of the postseason. Korver was a member of those Hawks teams.
Now, Korver is finally experiencing what it's like to have King James on his side. In an interview with Steve Aschburner of NBA.com, Korver revealed how serious LeBron takes his preparation.
"Behind the scenes, just how hard he works. He's a machine. You don't see guys this late in their careers, guys who've had this much success, be the first guy in the gym. He's still there," Korver said. "I was blown away." Korver would know—this is his 14th season in the NBA.
As an example of LeBron's unparalleled work ethic, Korver pointed to the morning after a regular-season game against the Utah Jazz. The night before, the Cavs had defeated the Jazz on the back of a Herculean 33-point, 10-rebound, 6-assist effort from LeBron. The next morning, LeBron was in the gym before anyone else.
"He played  minutes, he played hard. And the next morning, he was on the VersaClimber when everybody else got there, in full sweat doing a massive strength and cardio workout," Korver said. "He was like, 'The playoffs are coming! I've got to be ready! I've got to be able to play big minutes and play at a high level!'"
Earlier this year, Korver expressed amazement at LeBron's endless amount of energy during an interview with Fear The Sword. "LeBron, and just how much he works on his body . . . that dude lifts weights like twice a day! It's unbelievable to me to have that kind of energy and have as many minutes [as he does]," Korver said.
Barring a major upset, LeBron will likely make it to the NBA Finals for the seventh straight season. You can't say he hasn't earned it.
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