Unlike other NBA stars, Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James has not made any effort to explore opportunities outside of the Association, if the current Lockout carries on throughout the season. The former NBA MVP does not believe he has to check out other options, as he feels that the current work-stoppage will be over before the start of the 2011-2012 campaign; according to an interview he did with the “Associated Press” on Monday in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. James told reporters “I’m optimistic that we will have a season this year. Very optimistic. I believe that Billy Hunter and the owners and David Stern are going to work toward having a season this year. And I’ll be ready for it.”
The former star of the Cleveland Cavaliers was in Akron on Monday to speak to 360 third-graders from the city. Tuesday he will dedicate a new clubhouse for the Akron Boys and Girls Clubs. LBJ spent $240,000 of the money he got from ESPN last summer for giving the network the exclusive interview in which he told the nation he was moving to South Beach.
James has spent the past few weeks working out with one of the best centers in the history of the Association, Hakeem Olajuwon. When the Heat forward was asked why James chose to work with the former Rockets Center he replied “I look at what he was able to do throughout his career. Unbelievable talent. Multiple champion. Just to see how he was able to dominate in the low post, for me as an individual, I just try to look at some of the things I feel I need to get better at and hit home at it. Our team becomes better if I continue to get better and that’s what it’s about. Right now I’ve just been focusing on being a better player, working on my game every single day. Like I said, the Dallas Mavericks were a great team and they deserved to win that championship. And I’ll just use that as motivation coming into this season.”