LeBron James and Dwyane Wade aren’t teammates anymore, but it isn’t stopping them from working out together in the middle of the season.
The two hooked up Wednesday morning in Miami for a workout with James’ longtime personal trainer David Alexander before Wade drove over to AmericanAirlines Arena to meet with his Miami Heat teammates for a video session.
“I work out a lot,” Wade said. “It’s the gym I work out at.
“It’s one of my best friends, so it’s not odd, to work out with one of my best friends. If it was somebody I didn’t know, it would be a little different.”
After leading Miami to back-to-back championships and four consecutive NBA Finals appearances, James left the Heat in the summer of 2014 to return to Cleveland.
He’s been in town since Tuesday. The Cavaliers beat the Pacers on Monday night and coach Tyronn Lue gave his players Tuesday and Wednesday off.
It's one of my best friends, so it's not odd, to work out with one of my best friends. If it was somebody I didn't know, it would be a little different. Dwyane Wade to Heat reporters after Wednesday’s practice
Cleveland, which owns the best record in the Eastern Conference at 42-17, plays at home Friday against the Wizards. The Cavs are expected to practice in Cleveland on Thursday.
Last season, James spent two weeks in January in South Florida revitalizing himself. Even though he sold his home in Miami, he’s come back on vacation and spent time here to not only work out with Alexander but spend time with friends.
Wade, 34, began working out with James’ personal trainer last summer, lost 20 pounds and hasn’t had any troubles with his knees all season.
“Obviously, when LeBron takes his time away, the sun is a nice place to come to get away for a couple of days when your organization and your coach allows you to get away and clear your mind,” Wade said. “Miami is a great place to do that.
“So, it’s not hard for me to work out with someone that I’ve been working out with for 13 years.”
The Cavaliers and Heat (34-26) will play in Miami on March 19.
The Heat blew Cleveland out the first time the teams met here 99-84 back on Dec. 5. But James didn’t play in the game.
Heat fans taunted James during the game as he sat on the bench with chants of “LeBron is tired.”
Miami Herald columnist Ethan J. Skolnick contributed to this report.