INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- LeBron James was in no mood to justify using consecutive off days for the Cleveland Cavaliers this week to fly to Miami and spend part of that time working out with former Heat teammate Dwyane Wade.
"I don't care," James said after Cavs practice Thursday when asked about the perception of him spending time with a potential playoff foe during the season. One of James' trainers, David Alexander, posted a video of the pair in his Florida gym Wednesday.
The Cavs are currently the No. 1 seed in the East and the Heat are No. 4, meaning the two teams could meet in the conference semifinals should the standings hold and both advance out of the first round.
Much how James was irked by being asked about flying to attend Ohio State's national championship win over Oregon the night before a Cavs game last season, he had little interest in explaining his two-day trip to Miami.
"What do I go there for? Go there 'cause I want to," James said. "I would love to go to L.A., but I'll take 2½ [hour flight] over 4½. I've got a house in L.A., but it makes more sense for me to go south than go west. But I go because I want to."
When James finished his remarks to the media for the day, he made reference to the Miami line of questioning again.
"That's cool? I'm OK to leave when I want to leave?" James facetiously asked. "Be back at my work on time, two hours before? OK. Last one to leave the gym. OK. Thank you. Love you guys."
Shortly after, James tweeted a message that seemed to be referring to his longtime friend and teammate, Wade.
Can't replace being around great friends that reciprocate the same energy back to you in all facets of life— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 3, 2016
James was also asked what he meant by a series of tweets he sent Tuesday in which he expressed frustration with someone in his life who made a mistake.
It's ok to know you've made a mistake. Cause we all do at times. Just be ready to live with whatever that comes with it and be with.....— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 1, 2016
those who will protect you at all cost!— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 1, 2016
James declined to offer an explanation, but he said it had nothing to do with the Cavs, as some had speculated.
"I don't want to explain it, and no, [it wasn't] directed at a teammate," James said.