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LeBron James Gave Up Wine for Two Weeks. It Just Made Him Want Wine More.

"Man, it feels good to be back."
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LeBron James loves a good glass of wine. He uses it to settle bets. He keeps a glass in hand when checking out new music from Meek Mill or Drake on his Instagram. He even has his own hashtag, #VinoChronicles. So you know it must have been tough for the King to go two weeks without his favorite drink, but that's exactly what he did.

Like everyone who moves to LA, the new Lakers star is already trying funky diet things. Most recently, that meant a two-week cleanse to get his mind right for a new season and a new team. According to the LA Times, the conditions of his self-imposed hiatus were as follows: no gluten, no dairy, no alcohol, and no added or artificial sugars.

What'd that leave? "Air," said James.

His cleanse wrapped up on Wednesday, and the King wasted no time celebrating, naturally, on Instagram.

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Getting vino back in his system doesn't seem to have hurt. Last week, the Lakers picked up their first W of the preseason, beating the Sacramento Kings 128-123 at the Staples Center. If a bottle of plain water was Michael's "Secret Stuff" in the original Space Jam, maybe James will inspire his squad in the upcoming sequel with an earthy bottle of Carignan.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.comMinor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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