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MUSCLEWATCH (Update 4)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Well friends, I hate to say it, but MUSCLEWATCH 2013 is starting to wind down. We’ve made great strides this year, as MUSCLEWATCH is starting to get recognized everywhere from television to other websites. Today we check in with the results from the final rounds of media day, and then by early next week we should have collected enough data to select a MUSCLEWATCH winner.

As a reminder for the uninitiated, all are welcome here: What, you may be asking, is MUSCLEWATCH? MUSCLEWATCH is our in-depth look at the weight gains and losses of NBA players as the season starts. And we’re not just talking weight, we’re talking any kind of size, really.

Before we get to the latest reports, don’t forget that for all your MUSCLEWATCH needs, be sure to check out our previous posts on the topic. And as always, if you see any MUSCLEWATCH news, drop me an email or hit me on Twitter (using #MUSCLEWATCH).

• We start Update 4 in Memphis, where Grizzlies VP for basketball operations John Hollinger is attempting to get into the spirit of MUSCLEWATCH…

As I had to explain to John, this is MUSCLEWATCH, not MUSSELWATCH. But we certainly respect the effort.

• Up in Toronto, not only has Rudy Gay allegedly added 20 pounds, he is actually on the record, with quotation marks and everything, as saying he’s added “20 pounds of muscle.”

We should note that this isn’t the first time Rudy’s been involved with MUSCLEWATCH — in 2009 he added 19 pounds. Either way, I believe we may have a leader in the clubhouse, not taking into account the Canadian/US weight exchange rate. I better check with The Starters about that.

• The official blog of the Atlanta Hawks blessed us with an actual MUSCLEWATCH section in their official media day round-up. Some important bits in there include Dennis Schröder adding 8 pounds and Mike Scott dropping 15 pounds. “Yeah [stopped eating McDonalds],” Scott said. “Eating more Whole Foods. They got me on the Whole Foods diet and it’s been working. No more [Krispy Kreme's in the morning].”

• I also feel like we should just take a moment to recognize Lou Williams‘ endorsement of Zaxby’s Kickin’ Chicken sandwich in the same article.

• So much MUSCLEWATCH is happening in Minnesota! Kevin Love doesn’t know his weight but has supposedly lost a bunch. Derrick Williams and Shabazz Muhammad are each down 15 pounds. We also have maybe the best quote of MUSCLEWATCH 2013 from Alexey Shved, who lost weight but added muscle. As Shved memorably said, “I make muscles.”

• According to this article, Nets G Deron Williams lost weight last season over the All-Star Break, which is a new one for me. He says this summer he was able to maintain the weight at which he finished last season. Also in Nets-land, you can now see the muscle on Brook Lopez

• Reigning Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard made the cut, barely:

Ray Allen has adopted the paleo diet and dropped under the Mendoza line…

• At the 3:20 mark of the video below, Knicks C Tyson Chandler says he put on “15, 20 pounds” since last season, and after “around 240 or so” and losing another “10, 12 pounds” — which presumably would have made him somwhere around 230 — right now he weighs 253 pounds. That’s a lot of vague math right there.
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• Finally, Denver F Darrell Arthur reports he’s lost about 20 pounds from what he weighed last season, which was partially residual weight from having an achilles injury. Great hustle, Darrell.

MUSCLEWATCH (Update 3)

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We are deep into training camp and media days, which can mean only one thing: MUSCLEWATCH 2013 is fully upon us. And even as I am knee-deep in MUSCLEWATCH reports, coming in from around the NBA, imagine my surprise last week when I flipped on NBA TV and found MUSCLEWATCH reaching its largest audience yet:

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MUSCLEWATCH 2013 (Update 2)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — MUSCLEWATCH 2013 is really heating up, you guys. Players are showing up in their cities and starting to talk to the press about their offseasons, and we’re discovering who has put on weight, who has lost weight, and who has put on…wait for it…muscle! We’ve got a couple of updates for today, and for all your MUSCLEWATCH needs, be sure to check out our previous posts on the topic. And as always, if you see any MUSCLEWATCH news, drop me an email or hit me on Twitter (using #MUSCLEWATCH).

On to the latest and greatest…

• It’s just not MUSCLEWATCH without a superstar involved, and yesterday Chicago’s Derrick Rose jumped into the conversation. In an interview with the homie Adam Figman at SLAM magazine, D-Rose casually threw out there that during his injury rehab, he’s managed to pack on some muscle…

“Right now I’m in training, and I’m getting a lot stronger. I gained 10 pounds of muscle. I don’t know how that’s going to carry over to how I play on the court, but I know it’s going to be very weird. I’m shooting a lot of shots right now, working with Rob, just putting memory back in my leg.”

Rose went on to talk about how he believes the added muscle may help him finish stronger at the basket this season. True, but more relevantly, Derrick, it will get you into MUSCLEWATCH. Congrats!

• Mixed news out of Boston, where Avery Bradley has spent the entire summer working out and has apparently added the magic number: 15 pounds of muscle. Bradley, however, may miss the beginning of training camp after the tragic recent passing of his mother.

• Out in the Bay, it seems like the Warriors are heading in similar directions. Not only has Draymond Green apparently lost 15 pounds since last season, but this article kind of casually mentions that David Lee and Andrew Bogut are also sporting “leaner looks.” It is unclear if that means they’ve actually lost weight or gotten stronger or are just wearing better-fitting clothes so that they appear thinner. Guess we’ll have to wait for media day to get some official numbers.

• And finally, Metta World Peace is on his grind…

MUSCLEWATCH 2013 (Update 1)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I spent the last week on vacation, which means I very purposely did not open my laptop or dip into any NBA news. I also did not exercise, nor watch what I eat, because it was a vacation and I needed a break from life. Yet NBA players get no such vacations — they must be on guard year-round, constantly keeping on a eye on their fitness and health.

This all dovetails nicely with MUSCLEWATCH 2013. We talked about it briefly two weeks back: MUSCLEWATCH is our in-depth look at the weight gains and losses of NBA players as the season starts. And since the last update, there have been a few occurrences for us to keep at eye on. And don’t forget, if you see any MUSCLEWATCH news, let us know via email or Twitter!

To the news!

• According to Minnesota VP Flip Saunders, Kevin Love is about 240 pounds and will be at the lowest weight of his pro career. “He’s lost weight in his face,” Saunders said, “and his body looks leaner with muscle. He’s really committed.” He must have been doing a lot of face exercises in order to hit that rare target of facial weight loss.

• Down in New Orleans, big man Anthony Davis has gained between 10-12 pounds, mostly by eating a lot. “I want to gain at least five more before training camp starts,” Davis explained. “They have me lifting weights. I’ve been staying on top of it, eating more, making sure I’m eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everything helps. It’s showing.” I am no expert here, but it seems to me that if the goal is gaining weight, eating a lot of food could be a helpful plan.

• An early favorite for MUSCLEWATCH 2013 has to be Cleveland big man Tyler Zeller, who claims to have added almost 20 pounds in preparation for this season by going on a Krispy Kreme diet. As he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “They’re so good. If you get them hot…”

(PRO TIP FOR TYLER: When the Krispy Kreme sign is flashing, the doughnuts are hot!)

What’s really amazing is that Zeller added 20 pounds from the end of last season, but considering most of that was doughnut weight, it wasn’t necessarily the best kind of weight for him to put on. “I had to transfer that into ‘good’ weight and muscle,” Zeller explained. “Now I’m between 255-260, and I’m pretty happy with that, although I’m trying to gain more.”

So if I’m reading this correctly, Zeller managed to eat his way to adding 20 pounds of doughnuts, and then he somehow transformed that extra weight into “good” weight, or muscle. Seems to me like this is a trick a lot of people would love to know about.

Could Tyler Zeller have accidentally invented the greatest diet known to man? I say yes.

• And finally, Zeller’s teammate Kyrie Irving is trying to take of his weight the old-fashioned way: By working out…

The Return Of MUSCLEWATCH

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With summer winding down and players getting ready to report to training camp, I thought it was time that we went ahead and starting getting ready for…wait for it…MUSCLEWATCH(TM)!

What, you may be asking, is MuscleWatch? It stems from my friend Matt and I noticing years ago that out local paper used to always say that players had gained 15 pounds of muscle in the offseason. No matter the sport, it was never 12, never 16, never 9, never 18, always 15 pounds of muscle. So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of muscle. I started chronicling this each season in my blog over at SLAM, and 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. Last year’s winner was Thaddeus Young, who managed to add 20 pounds of muscle in the offseason. (A close runner-up was Enes Kanter, who lost 51(!) pounds.)

Which is where you come in. My eyes and ears are trained to be on guard for MuscleWatch developments, but I can’t be everywhere all the time. So if you read about a development as it relates to MuscleWatch, hit me with an email or a tweet (there are links up above on the header). If you tweet, use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH. We will update developments on All Ball as necessary, and before the season starts we will have a full MuscleWatch 2013 compendium.

In the meantime, I leave you with Pau Gasol‘s video on Vine in which he pumps iron and seems singularly focused on one thing: Winning MuscleWatch 2013…
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(Pau via TNLP)