HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Kobe Bryant isn’t the only NBA superstar getting his work done on the anti-gravity treadmill this summer.
In a classic nod to his U.S. Men’s National Team teammate and NBA rival, Miami Heat star LeBron James showed off his anti-gravity track speed via Instagram, same as Kobe did earlier this week:
If this is LeBron’s way of showing Kobe some comedic love on his 35th birthday, I dig it.
I’m taking this as a sign of respect from LeBron to one of the few players in the game who is truly on his level and not a dig at Kobe’s recovery from Achilles surgery. (And the argument could be made that LeBron is still trying to reach Kobe’s level since the Los Angeles Lakers’ star is a five-time champion, 11-time All-NBA First Teamer, nine-time All-Defensive First Teamer and 15-time All-Star.)
A true competitor wants Kobe back and healthy as soon as humanly possible. The best want to beat the best. And LeBron might be the four-time MVP, the reigning two-time regular season and Finals MVP and NBA champ, too. But he knows Kobe is still ahead of him on the career titles list by a hat trick.
So poking the Mamba is surely his way of acknowledging the fact that he knows Kobe is coming back with a vengeance.
Well played, LeBron. Well played, sir.