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MUSCLEWATCH 2015 (Summer Edition)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERMUSCLEWATCH traditionally makes its debut each fall as NBA teams assemble for training camp. But sometimes the muscles just can’t be ignored, as has been the case thus far this summer.

But first! 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.

Anyway, with Summer Leagues happening around the NBA the last few weeks, I’ve been getting MUSCLEWATCH reports on Twitter, and I felt that today would be a good day to round them up for posterity.

Let’s actually begin a few weeks back, as prospects were preparing for the NBA Draft. Here we see Willie Cauley-Stein, days before being drafted by the Sacramento Kings, sit down for an interview with ESPN’s Henry Abbott. Early on in this interview, Cauley-Stein mentions gaining 20 pounds of MUSCLE since his college season ended, a staggering figure by any account. Ace interviewer that he is, Abbott seizes on this tidbit and tries to get some details from Cauley-Stein about this important MUSCLEWATCH moment…

My favorite moment of the interview? Probably when Abbott asks Cauley-Stein if he knows who I am, and Cauley-Stein responds with an actual shrug…

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Celtics forward James Young has also made MUSCLEWATCH news, although he may be employing some fuzzy math. According to initial reports, Young had put on the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE…

That’s when the controversy starts. One report says Young apparently gained 20 pounds over the last year, with a 10-pound burst of weight coming more recently?

Or maybe it’s 15 pounds plus 5 more?

Either way, Young is clearly aiming to make a MUSCLEWATCH name for himself heading into the season.

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An early MUSCLEWATCH championship candidate is clearly Oklahoma City’s Mitch McGary, who has reportedly shed 30 pounds…

According to McGary, the weight loss is a result of several factors…

McGary credits the weight loss to cooking classes, a healthier diet and rigorous workouts. By eating better and transforming his body, McGary believes he’ll put himself in a better position to stay healthy and play the best basketball of his life.

“I’m sick of being injured and not being able to play at full strength 100 percent,” McGary said. “So this summer was really key for me. I stayed in Oklahoma City and just been working my tail off to get into shape.”

“You were always eating at your parents’ house, and then you go and start living on the pizza and wings diet in college, man,” McGary said. “It’s not cool not knowing how to cook for yourself when you go home and you’re trying to eat out every night. I’d rather just stay home, cook myself up some chicken, some fish, and have a nice dinner at home.”

After only a few months trying his hand at cooking, McGary now proudly shares his creations with fans on social media and jokingly boasts of being a beast in the kitchen.

“Man, I’m nice,” McGary said. “They call me ‘Chef.’”

I think a Mitch McGary cooking show is something the world needs. Congratulations to Chef McGary!

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Down in New Orleans, we have a few MUSCLEWATCH notes. First of all, Tyreke Evans has allegedly dropped weight, according to new Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry

Also, guard Eric Gordon is just a few pounds behind Evans…

Also, as always, thanks to the Pelicans for using the proper #MUSCLEWATCH hashtag on their official Twitter account…

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The Timberwolves may be a young team still building, but forward Shabazz Muhammad is trying to grab a MUSCLEWATCH crown right now. According to the T-Wolves, Muhammad is reuniting with a legendary MUSCLEWATCH figure…

We first met “Crazy Frank” last season, back when he was referred to as “Hell’s Trainer.” Muhammad says he’s planning to lose more weight, which seems like a foregone conclusion.

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Some odds and ends…Bulls GM Gar Forman says Jimmy Butler has put on some weight…

Lakers forward Julius Randle is shedding bad weight while adding good weight…

Anthony Bennett has done serious MUSCLEWATCH work through the years…

Dante Exum is off to a promising start…

And finally…we don’t have any concrete figures, but Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo looks like he’s putting in time in the weight room…

Jason Williams’ son can play ball like Dad

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just a few days ago, we caught up with Jason Williams, a.k.a. White Chocolate, the former NBA point guard who was a ballhandling wizard, and who can still make defenders look silly. If you thought J-Will was nice, check out this video of his 13-year-old son Jaxon breaking ankles in a couple of summer games…


VIDEO: Jaxon Williams

(via SBNation)

Cauley-Stein gets a Kings welcome

By Jeff Case

The start of the upcoming season marks 30 seasons that the Kings have been in Sacramento. Although success has been few and far between for the team, one thing they’ve seemed to enjoy throughout their stay is consistent fan support. Even as the team is in the throws of a 10-year playoff drought, Sacramento’s die-hard fan base remains excited about the upcoming season and its new draftee, Willie Cauley-Stein from Kentucky.

 

Cauley-Stein saw in Lexington, Ky., just how loyal fans can be and in this All-Access video from Kings.com, he discovers what makes Sacramento a unique NBA town …


VIDEO: Willie Cauley-Stein gets a big welcome from Kings fans

 

DeMarcus Cousins gets schooled at basketball camp

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERDeMarcus Cousins is one of the best young big men in the NBA, with one of the best (and most physical) post games in the NBA. So we probably shouldn’t be surprised that his perimeter defense might not be as great.

And as we found out this weekend at the DeMarcus Cousins skills camp, the best way to beat Cousins off the ball might be going through the legs. At least, it worked here for a little kid. I like how Cousins doesn’t seem too into this until the kid nutmegs him, and then Cousins gets all-in and goes for the two-handed blocked shot…


VIDEO: Cousins nutmeg

Boogie Cousins crashes bhangra dance party

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This video was presented to me with precious little context. All I know is I got an email from someone at the NBA saying, “Here’s a video of DeMarcus Cousins crashing the dance floor at a bhangra dance party.” I don’t know when this was, I don’t know where this was, but I do know it shows Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins popping into what seems to be a dance party and getting his groove on. They don’t call him “Boogie” for nothing…


VIDEO: Boogie boogies

Flop or Not? with Vlade Divac

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — These days, flopping during an NBA game will get you a fine and a public rebuke from the NBA. But a few decades ago, it was a different world, when flopping wasn’t as reviled and was instead looked at more often with a wink and a smile. And there was nobody better at it then Sacramento center Vlade Divac. But now that Vlade is in the Kings front office, he’s pulling back the curtain and admitting which plays were flops and which plays were actual fouls. (Spoiler alert: They’re all flops.)


VIDEO: Vlade flops

Vlade Divac can be your GPS

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — So, Waze is an app that crowd-sources traffic data, and helps drivers get to wherever it is they’re going as expediently as possible. I live in New York City and I do not own a car, so I’ve never used Waze, but apparently there’s some sort of voice-prompt feature you can turn on, so someone will talk you through how to navigate the roads.

So why not let that person be NBA legend (and new Kings “lead voice”) Vlade Divac talk you through traffic? According to Waze, today users can switch on Vlade’s voice to be their guide.

Here’s video of Vlade doing work…


VIDEO: Vlade GPS

The Kings fill Nik Stauskas’ house with popcorn

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Rookies in the NBA get pranked, and a common form of pranking is the ol’ popcorn in the car trick. It’s safe, relatively easy to clean, and a good laugh for all involved.

But what if the rookie you are pranking doesn’t have a car? This is what happened in Sacramento, where rookie guard Nik “Sauce Castillo” Stauskas apparently does not drive and thus does not own a car. (That’s a whole other thing we could get into, but whatever.)

So instead of filling his car with popcorn, DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Reggie Evans filled Stauskas’ apartment with popcorn…


VIDEO: Stauskas Popcorn

Little girl masters Boogie Cousins flex

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Sacramento center DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins has a signature celebration where he flexes his arms and shows off his muscles. Against Utah this weekend, Boogie bullied his way to the basket and got a bucket and a foul, and the broadcast camera panned over and caught a young girl giving her best Boogie flex…


VIDEO: Boogie flex

The Sacramento Kings are having Sauce Castillo Night

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week we celebrated the birth of a new nickname: Thanks to a typo and closed captioning, Sacramento Kings guard Nik Stauskas had somehow become known as Sauce Castillo. Next thing we knew, the Stauskas and the Kings were all in on this thing.

And now we may have reached peak Sauce Castillo. The Kings have announced that they are going to have a Sauce Castillo Night this weekend…

People at the game will receive a free bottle of hot sauce, and they’ll have Sauce Castillo t-shirts for sale in the team store. For all your Sauce Castillo needs, go here.