King James might have to get his crown and robe taken in a bit.
When he returns to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers this season, LeBron James will be sporting a much thinner look. Based on photos posted online by the self-proclaimed “Chosen One” (below), James is slimming down as his new/old team continues to beef up.
The best player in the NBA — sorry, Kevin Durant — took on a no-carb diet this summer to elongate his career: James turns 30 this December and is listed at 6’8” and 250 lbs., though not many people buy the latter.
Meanwhile, the Cavs made headlines today with their public courtship of Minnesota Timberwolves all-star forward Kevin Love in a deal that would likely send top rookie Andrew Wiggins packing.
Earlier this offseason, James’ decision to opt out of his Miami Heat contract dominated sports journalism. As expected by many, he elected to return to Cleveland, which drafted him No. 1 overall in 2001.
James grew up in nearby Akron, Ohio and played his high school ball at local powerhouse St. Vincent-St. Mary.
Take a look at the thinner James, courtesy of his Instagram page:
A day earlier, James got in on the joke: