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That’s awesome. You mentioned in that video that you used to draw your teammates before games back in the day.
Well, it was rare that I got [to the locker room] before everybody. [Laughs.] But if I did, I’d get in there and put something on the chalkboard just to lighten everybody up. Just to get them in that comfortable mode before we go to war.
Who would you draw?
Anybody. I don’t think I ever did Coach Brown, but all of the guys on my squad. It was just to lighten the mood, especially if it was a tense situation—like a playoff game, something like that.
So the NBA is moving ahead with its restart in a few weeks. How are you feeling about that whole situation? Do you think it’s the right move to go ahead and start playing again after all these months off?
LeBron James is the sort of player that makes our current era of positionless basketball possible. He’s a fantastically well rounded superstar who can do it all. No one understands the importance of a balanced approach quite like James—he scores when he needs to, pulls off historic chasedown blocks when called to, and slings it to the corner when there’s an open man waiting. This philosophy is evident in his watch collection, too. While some people with the means to do so chase one brand, or one type of watch (or sometimes a single model!), James has an arsenal of pieces for any and all occasions. LeBron is a model collector, the guy with a watch for every situation. Although hardly anyone can buy the exact watches James puts on his wrist, following his template is a winning recipe. With the return of the NBA (and of LeBron), we couldn’t