LeBron James owns one of the most durable bodies in sports history. He spends millions to take care of his body, but he revealed his nightly routine, which could be the surprising secret to his longevity.
Wine and tequila every night
Basketball players have become wine connoisseurs, mainly after finishing their careers: some even own wine and tequila businesses like Dwyane Wade. The players inside the Orlando Bubble swore that wine helped them cope and relax. Players, like JJ Redick and Josh Hart even had to ship their wines inside the bubble because the selection was not up to their liking. Now, count LeBron James as one of the fans of the alcoholic drinks, and he even shared they are part of his nightly routine.
The L.A. Lakers have played poorly this season, which prompted some home fans to boo the team, even in their home arena. But amid the negatives, the trolling, and the pressure, James claims he doesn't read or mind them. Instead, he goes home every game and does his thing.
"Because I could care less about what the narrative about our team is. At my point in my career, I don't get involved in that stuff. I don't read about it, I don't hear it that much. I go home, I drink wine or tequila every night and if I'm at my house in LA I'm watching a movie with the kids or I'm playing Madden."
It's amazing how James still plays at a high level, given the mileage on his body. 37-year-olds are not supposed to dominate their sports the way LeBron is doing this season. Still, LeBron has a chance to become the best scorer this season. Does drinking every night contribute to his fine performance?
Athletes and drinking
Generally, drinking and sports don't do well together. The reflexes of an athlete are slowed down due to alcohol consumption. But in some cases, moderate consumption could work.
Wine has polyphenols – quercetin, which can improve blood flow, raise immunity, and reduce inflammation. Recovery in athletes such as NBA players is very important, especially for LeBron James, who still aims to break some records. Aside from polyphenols, Josh Hart also added its psychological effects during the bubble season.
"Obviously, there's a little bit of alcohol, so it gets you more relaxed and loose. But the bigger thing is, this is an uncomfortable time in terms of not being with family, not being in your own house, your own bed for at least six, seven weeks." via Foodandwine
Whatever a player chooses to spend his downtime, as long as it doesn't affect his performance on the court, he should do it. The mind and body both work in different ways. For LeBron James, a nightly routine of wine and some quality time with family help him to relax, focus and re-energize. It might not work for others, but it keeps The King going.