LeBron James' postseason water works

PHILADELPHIA -- When the playoffs arrive, the pressure increases. Apparently, so do LeBron James’ trips to the bathroom.

James has a new sidekick these days -- a gallon jug filled with water that he tugs around just about wherever he goes. James vows to drink those fluids every day during the playoffs, usually before practices, and even after games start. It is a routine he began several years ago in the postseason, an effort to increase hydration.

“Playoff sweat is different than regular season sweat,” James said Thursday morning as he grabbed his jug, by then about 60 percent empty, on his way to the Heat’s bus following shootaround at the Wells Fargo Center.

“It’s not always easy to drink it all but I think it helps.”

James says he starts drinking the water at about 9 a.m. and wants to have it finished by the time he gets on the bus to head over to the arena. That’s before drinking water, sports drinks and recovery drinks during the and after the game. The idea is that the extra fluids will help recovery and increase stamina.

James does extra shooting work during the playoffs, sometimes arriving several hours before games and working up a sweat. All the water helps keep him fresh for the games.

“You’ve got to take care of your body,” James said. “Especially this time of year.”