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MUSCLEWATCH 2015 (Update 1)

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NBA training camps have convened, exhibition games are underway, and we all know what that means: The return of MUSCLEWATCH.

Before we get to the muscles, what, you may ask, is MUSCLEWATCH? Basically, it began decades ago when my friend Matt and I noticed our local paper would always report that players had gained 15 pounds of MUSCLE in the off-season. No matter the sport, it was never 12 pounds, never 16, never 9, never 18, but it always seemed to be “15 pounds of muscle.” So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE. Eventually, MUSCLEWATCH became about more than just the “15 pounds of muscle” and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Previous winners include Thaddeus Young and Rudy Gay.

And remember, MUSCLEWATCH cannot be successful without your help. The most effective way to let us here at MUSCLEWATCH HQ know if you see any MUSCLEWATCH news is to tweet and use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH.

Also, for what it’s worth, we need numbers. If you’re going to be vague, that’s not MUSCLEWATCH. I’m talking to you, Bulls GM Gar Forman

Hey. we’re all glad Derrick Rose “looks terrific,” but if you want to play MUSCLEWATCH, we need actual digits.

Now, let’s get swole …

Mikhail Prokhorov has an awesome workout routine

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was a basketball fan long before he purchased the Nets. And not only does Prokhorov have the size to be an NBA player — he’s about 6-8 — but he also apparently has the skill and work ethic.

This week, with the Nets down at Duke University for training camp, Prokhorov showed up to teach the players a bunch of non-traditional drills that were apparently influenced by Prokhorov’s love for martial arts. As Prokhorov told Newsday, “My perception was to come personally and to say hello to the players and to the coaches. I think it’s very important for a new team to have special team building and, of course, a commitment of ownership. It’s a part of this game. I also wanted to share something special with my own experience with martial arts and I really will be happy if it helps them in some way.”

Perhaps the best part? Seeing the players try (and fail) at these drills…

VIDEO: Prokhorov drills

Prokhorov dribbling against the wall, part one

A video posted by Tim Bontemps (@timbontemps) on

Prokhorov dribbling against the wall, part two

A video posted by Tim Bontemps (@timbontemps) on

Lionel Hollins gets into the act with some juggling

A video posted by Tim Bontemps (@timbontemps) on


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The leaves are going from green to shades of red and gold and brown, as summer drifts into fall and the weather becomes more accommodating. But that doesn’t mean MUSCLEWATCH stops. Because MUSCLEWATCH never stops.

Before we get to the muscles, what, you may ask, is MUSCLEWATCH? Basically, it began decades ago when my friend Matt and I noticed our local paper would always report that players had gained 15 pounds of MUSCLE in the offseason. No matter the sport, it was never 12 pounds, never 16, never 9, never 18, but seemed to always be 15 pounds of muscle. So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE. Eventually, MUSCLEWATCH became about more than just the 15 pounds of muscle and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Previous winners include Thad Young and Rudy Gay.

Whenever you come across MUSCLEWATCH news, please let me know! You can either email me via the link in the header above, or you can send me a tweet, and make sure you use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH.

I received several MUSCLEWATCH alerts on Twitter the last few days, and with not much news happening around the rest of the NBA, I thought we would check in with another round of MUSCLEWATCH.

• We don’t have any exact information here, but someone tweeted me a picture of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade post-workout, with Bosh looking surprisingly muscular…

• Our friends at CBS Sports discovered a video of Andrew Wiggins‘ workout routine, which made me exhausted just watching it.


• The New Orleans Pelicans have always embraced MUSCLEWATCH, so let’s thank them for this recent article about Anthony Davis putting on a dozen pounds. It doesn’t specify whether this is muscle or something else, but considering the accompanying photos feature Davis pumping iron, let’s assume it’s MUSCLE…


• Toronto’s Kyle Lowry apparently felt the need to take some weight off, and he’s posed for a few photos showing off a more slender physique…

Good AM run with the Fellas!!!

A photo posted by Kyle OQuinn (@kyle.oquinn) on

• Boston Celtics big man Jared Sullinger also pulled a reverse MUSCLEWATCH, dropping weight over the last eight weeks…

Roy Hibbert also hit the diet plan hard before debuting in Hollywood with the Lakers, as he’s apparently dropped 16 pounds since last season…

• As NetsDaily pointed out via Twitter, Chris McCullough is putting in time in the weight room…

Thru the lens #theysleep

A photo posted by Brisk (@briskuno) on

• Finally, perennial MUSCLEWATCH contender Shabazz Muhammad is just getting started, but posted some promising results…

NBA legends, players chime in on Curry’s run

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Two games into the Western Conference finals, the Golden State Warriors have a 2-0 lead over the Houston Rockets as the series moves from Oakland to Houston. And through those games, the Warriors have been led by the league’s MVP, Stephen Curry, who despite being the focus of the Houston defense has managed to score 77 points through two games, including shooting a ridiculous 11-for-22 on three-pointers. Steve Nash is one of the NBA’s greatest three-point shooters ever, but as he noted yesterday in a Reddit AMA, Nash believes Curry is a better shooter than he ever was.

How does Curry do it? Last night on NBA TV’s GameTime, Nets guard Jarrett Jack, a former teammate of Curry’s, made a guest appearance and talked about exactly what makes Curry so tough…

VIDEO: Jack on Curry

Also, Kobe Bryant took to Twitter and explained the riddle of defending Stephen Curry…in 140 characters or less…

All that aside, when you’re able to do stuff like Curry does in the Vine below, how you defend the dude may not matter…

Jason Sudeikis teaches you how to dominate at HORSE

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I always figured Jason Sudeikis was a basketball guy back when he was a regular on “Saturday Night Live,” not only because he was playing pick-up ball in the opening credits, but also because he always wore cool sneakers. As this video from the Brooklyn Nets shows, Sudeikis is not only a baller, he’s a hustler, too…


The New York Knicks season in one Vine

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The New York Knicks are rebuilding, which means before the building starts in earnest they need to complete the tear-down process. Which is basically what this season has been. Wins have been few and far between, so when they entered the final moments of last night’s game against Brooklyn with a chance to grab the victory, despite their best efforts, things didn’t go according to plan.

1-2-3, Win!


(via SB Nation)

Mascots turn to psychological warfare in battle against Robin Lopez

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve dutifully chronicled the story of Portland’s Robin Lopez and his long-running hatred of mascots. These furry friends have tried their best to make nice, but Robin just keeps bringing the pain to mascots around the NBA.

The mascots have attempted to squash their beef with Robin Lopez, even organizing a staring contest, thus far with no luck.

So last night, Cleveland’s mascot, Moondog, struck a blow for mascots (and against Robin Lopez), perhaps driving a wedge between the Lopez twins by buddying up to Robin’s brother, Brook

If the mascots can’t get Robin on their side, perhaps they can at least cause a schism within the Lopez family and cause psychological trouble? A strategic masterstroke from the mascots? A one-time letdown from Brook?

We’ll keep following this story …

Do not look at this picture of Shawn Marion’s pinky finger

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Look, don’t say I didn’t warn you. I’m even posting this photo after the jump, just so the squeamish don’t stumble upon it on the All Ball main page.

Because, you see, fingers aren’t supposed to look like this. At least, most of them aren’t. There are people with fingers that bend in non-traditional ways, mostly former athletes who suffered an injury and didn’t have the luxury of time to let the finger heal correctly. (Such as Nets coach Lionel Hollins. Yikes.)

Or, in this case, Cavaliers forward Shawn Marion, who took to Instagram this weekend and noted he probably can’t wear a pinky ring. Oh, you think?

If you want to see the picture, scroll down. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.


Kevin Garnett is back in Minnesota

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — it wasn’t a huge move, but maybe the most emotional move at the NBA trade deadline was the Minnesota Timberwolves trading with Brooklyn to re-acquire their former franchise cornerstone, Kevin Garnett. KG isn’t the player he used to be, but he’s still a remarkable competitor and an unparalleled locker room presence, expected to provide a steadying veteran hand for the Wolves. He’ll make his home debut Wednesday against Washington (8 p.m. ET, League Pass), but first, earlier today KG showed up for a photo shoot in his old number 21 uniform. Almost feels like we should’ve saved this for #TBT…

Watch your drinks around Mason Plumlee

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just a few weeks ago we saw Denver’s Randy Foye head into the crowd and take what appeared to be two drinks with him. Well, Nets big man Mason Plumlee outdid Foye this weekend in Washington D.C., when he decelerated into a courtside server and took out what appeared to be five adult beverages, sending them all over a few folks in the front row. There are so many interesting things about this video: the final, fatal shove by Plumlee to the server; Plumlee’s raised arms reaction; the dude in the crowd a few rows back wearing the Wizards jersey who stands and howls; the guy in the front row wearing white who reaches as if to help, then just drops his arms, defeated. And the poor couple who got drenched — there are empty seats on either side of them, and of course it happens right on top of them.

VIDEO: Plumlee spill