Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 at 1:10 pm  |  48 responses

Video: LeBron James and Kevin Durant Working Out Together, Pt. 2

These two continue to strive for greatness.

Last week, we caught a revealing glimpse into how hard LBJ and KD work to perfect their games, and now here’s part two of their “Striving for Greatness” web series.

(H/T: Sun-Sentinel)

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  • CT

    Who’s the little dude workin out with the two best basketball players on the planet

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    It’s insane just how good these guys are.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    It’s like a walk in the park to these guys. Too bad none of those people hating on NBA players and calling them lazy, greedy and lucky will see this video.

  • DieselMechanic

    Lebron: I could see myself living in Oklahoma.

  • Brooks C.

    @CT thats Craig Winder… lol I went to High School with em… he is pretty good but he’s been in the D League for like 2 years or so

  • marc

    If there is no season next season will be crazy because i know alot of dudes are working out.

  • Bojangles

    Haha KD is skinny fat. Notice how at 0:56, Durant looks at his belly and thinks “Damn, I gotta ease up on that junk food…”

  • Bojangles

    p.s. Lebron’s poor footwork and fading on jumpshots could be what’s hurting his 4th quarter game. hmmm…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I know it was highlights, but it was still impressive.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Lol @ Bojangles I was thinking the same thing when I saw a pic of Durant the other day. He’s skinny, but still looks kinda out of shape. And I know he’s probably in great shape, he just has a weird body shape.

  • ctkennedy

    i dont know why people think LeBron cant shoot

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    LeBron’s J is a lot more basic in practice than it is in games. Either that or his shooting % (on long(er) ranged shots) is going to jump next season. I assume the former

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    ^ I remember seeing that same J a couple years ago while he was practicing. Thought we discussed this. LbJ has the mechanics and finger positioning down. It just comes down to him having the confidence in game to use them the right way each time.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    We have. There is still stuff with his jumper that I would encourage him to work on. But as you said, his stroke falls apart in certain moments or during certain games, even with what he does do right in practice. It’s a combination of confidence and an overall lack of concentration (or habitual motion) in my opinion. Basically I think for as much as LeBron takes shooting seriously, he probably also spends time f*ckin around and reverts back to his old habits. Which rear their head during pressure packed games.

  • mike

    seeing these guys in a pool , talk about shallow end!

  • ctkennedy

    top 5 midrange shooter …he at the league avg on 3pointers…his ft could be better but he aint the worst …he hits half his shots overall every season n he aint dunkin all day either…what else can he do …smgdh

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Co-sign NBK When you look at great shooters, their form is always exactly the same on every shot. Early in the game, 4th quarter, free throw, 3 pointer, it doesn’t matter. Ray Allen’s form is not only pretty, but mechanically he shoots the ball exactly the same on every shot. LeBron struggles with that consistency. Sometimes he follows through, sometimes its a flick, sometimes he really elevates, sometimes its more of a set shot, sometimes he fades, sometimes he jumps straight up… etc. I think if he stuck to one motion he’d shoot much better.


    I just wonder why Bron’s jumper gets that vivid of a reaction when he has been better that Wade at every facet of shooting (line, mid, 3). Why are people waiting for him to turn into Ray Allen? I can understand why people want him to post up more but harping on a superstar wing who already shoots over 40% from mid? Thats unheard of.

  • bruce russell

    That’s my nephews Craig winder from Maryland he got his champions ring in d league Hahahaha

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I focus on everyone’s jumper. I have complaints about Wade too

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Seriously.. watch this – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUMoT-j5DUc

  • ripslam

    ^Looking at that vid, Bron has zero follow-through on his release. No wonder he was bricking ‘em.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    This is wack, I am not working out with anybody that is competition. This is why these new team jumpers, lets play together friends NBA is lockout. None have no backbone. Its a no win situation for both of them. If Lebron shoots, better he worked with KD. If KD becomes a better player overall, he worked out with Lebron. This furthers show’s me Lebron is too nice to be a killer on the court. Do yall really think MJ, Kobe, Magic or Larry supposely in their prime are working out during the summer with competition. BULL CRAP. This is not impressive, no defense just shooting, they need the defenders to jump in their face or have two broom sticks to alter their shots. Just shooting to be shooting is wack. Get some brooms and raise them up as people shoot to get them ready for NBA ball, not streetball tournaments they both have been playing. BOOK IT!!

  • coggie13

    @the seed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rD424rjpyQ I think this is classified as working out together in the off season.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mikebone Simmy Sosa

    I want to quit my job and just workout all day.

  • mmontano2012

    Okay…where’s the last quarter of the practice?

  • Karl

    The Seed finds something to hate even when there is nothing to hate on. Typical. If Lebron was trash talking and avoiding everyone just to train by himself, ‘Lebron is such an ass no wonder he has no friends.’ Just an invalid opinion from the get go.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    WOW even tho i am not a fan of LBJ (although that respect will always be there from me) he has really developed a better outside shooting touch i gotta admit

  • http://www.gmx.net Darksaber

    So “Swensens, we taking him over to Swensens” is the new “we going to Sizzlers, we going to siiiiiizlers”?
    Enjoying the heck outta these workout vids, always good to pick up on these exercises and drills, do some research online and then implement them into my routine if necessary.
    1st part was more informative though.

  • robb

    KD makes it look so easy

  • hoophead

    Its good to see them working out together. For all you who compare Kobe and Mj and Larry….. Im confused… We have no idea who Larry or Mj trained with because social media was not nearly as advanced. And even if they did train alone, who cares? Stop living in the past! The NBA has changed. The players have changed. The fans have changed. The rules have changed. The talent has changed. The size of the players. Their speed. Everything! So lets stop comparing apples to oranges. Let them workout and feed off the energy of another emerging hardworking superstar.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @Seed – You’re not working out with the competition because you don’t play outside of a TV set. Stop talking tough.

  • Zabbah

    I thought the title read “lebron james and kevin durant MAKING out together.” imagine my disappointment when i found out it wasn’t. at least they were both sweating hard.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Outside of Ray Allen and maybe Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant has the best looking jumpshot in the league.

  • BBaller

    How does Wade feel about this? Hard work, playing BBall is fun, never work

  • http://officialblogfamily.tumblr.com KG

    It seems they’re giving ‘Watch the Throne’ just as much of a workout.

  • Mburb321

    You guys are funny, i’m beginning to think none of you have gone to a real game and watched warm ups. Even the bench warmers dont miss! Its a highlight real of thousands of shots. Good to see them training in the off season but mind blowingly impressive….hardly. They are in the NBA.


    these guys bare too real

  • http://www.nba.com/2011/news/features/steve_aschburner/10/27/lockout-q-and-a-kevin-murphy/index.html Allenp

    Yes, the benchwarmers do hit shots. Which is still very impressive.
    I mean, everybody hear has played basketball at some point at different levels of competition. And worked out alone. Consistently hitting shots over and over again from NBA three point distance is not an easy skill. Sure, it should be easy if you’re a professional basketball player, or an aspiring one, but that describes like .00001 percent of the American population, at most.
    I think sometimes people underestimate the amount of work it takes to become elite at a sport, any sport. Everybody cannot do it, no matter how much work they put in.

  • Mburb321

    Well yeah of course its impressive compared to 99% of us who cant hit those shots. But if your rating this video footage against other players off season workout its exactly the same. Pros draining 3 after 3 is not out of the ordinary because of all the hard work put in. When people see this and say “wow lebrons jumper has really improved” is kinda dumb. I’m sure Lebron was shooting like this in practice 4 years ago. The problem with his jumper is when things arent going well.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Why Allen is even reacting to mburb’s condescending comment is beyond me. I guess watching NBA layup-lines gives one the right to belittle an entire comment section. Impressive.
    Know-it-alls unite.

  • http://www.nba.com/2011/news/features/steve_aschburner/10/27/lockout-q-and-a-kevin-murphy/index.html Allenp

    I just am surprised with how little value people place on NBA skill.
    It’s true that it’s not that important in the grand scheme of life, but watching mastery at any craft is still impressive to me. Whether it be basketball, or watching somebody create a beauty garment strictly from their minds and cloth.
    I’m impressed when people do things at a high level. Woodworking, art, sports, it’s just impressive to see humans do stuff. At least to me. And basketball at its highest level is beautiful.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Word, AP, been a fan of this game for a loooong time, played high level ball back in Europe, was a ballboy for Magic on a tour he did in the 90′s, lost to Dirk in an impromptu 3pt contest once, had the incredible opportunity to work out with current NBA players in camps in Asia the last few years and i STILL feel awe when watching them go to work. Live or on screen.
    I mean i can shoot quite well, and Bogut handled me easiily in every early morning shooting drill when he was here (and this was during his recovery from back surgery, he wouldn’t even attempt dunks that week!) Consistency was amazing.
    So when some guy comments all blasé on people being amazed at how easy they look while shooting, gets my blood boiling.
    Hence my earlier comment.

  • Mburb321

    Dark, your taking my comment too serious im not trying to belittle anyone. It was in reference to people saying his jumper has improved and had nothing to do with the work they put in. All im saying is bron has probably been shooting great in practice his whole career, as do many nba players. He will prob continue to get better for years to come because of all the hard work he puts in. BUT when you have a mental block during certain situations, no matter how many jumpers you take in practice, no matter how many 3′s you drain in these videos it wont matter until you address the mental side.

  • Mburb321

    And Im speaking from personal experience, I played ball in college, put up 500 shots a day and all the above. I shot pretty well during practice as well as in games but when games were close in the 4th my nerves and anxiety took over and I began to unconsciously do things out of the ordinary. Thats why when I watch this video im skeptical, it looks great but I don’t think brons jumper was ever horrible. I think it changes during in game situations.

  • wth23

    if you dont mind me asking, where did you play ball at mburb?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I think it is clear that LeBron’s jumper changes in high stress situations. His release point changes, it comes further “out” instead of “up”. His center of balance changes. His load-out (his motion before the release) becomes more dramatic, adding movement to his jumper and ultimately affecting his release and balance before he even begins his actual release. There are a lot of issues with LeBron’s jumper during games (watch the finals) that don’t rear their head in these practice videos. Seemingly because he is not under any pressure.

  • Mburb321

    James Madison