Since the All-Star Game, Amare Stoudemire has been Beasting. With the capital “B.” Like Kobe/LeBron level Beasting.
In the last 10 games he is averaging 28 points, 9 rebounds, shooting 54.6 percent and attacking the rim so he gets 10 free throws a game. He and Steve Nash are running an unstoppable pick-and-roll like they did in the D’Antoni era.
The secret to Amare’s resurgence? He’s dropped 26 pounds this season he told the Arizona Republic.
The Suns All-Star had the weight of a franchise hinging on his ability to recover from a serious eye injury and months of down time. He also had the extra pounds on his body caused by limited activity, pushing his weight to around 268 pounds in August.
Part of the reason Stoudemire has returned to his old self is the dropped weight. He has lost about 26 pounds and is down to 242, a more customary weight for him at this point of the season, and his body fat is about 5.5 percent.
“I feel great,” Stoudemire said. “Feel quick. Feel fast. Agile. With that being said, my basketball IQ is definitely improving. That’s been helping my teammates.”
Hold on there… losing weight helps your basketball IQ? Well, that does explain Oliver Miller’s play for all those years.
Somebody get Eddy Curry on the phone, STAT!
Report: Khris Middleton could return to Bucks before All-Star break
Sources told ESPN.com the Bucks think Middleton, who suffered a hamstring tear just days before the season began, “has a chance” to return to the lineup during a three-game homestand next month before the All-Star break.
Whether Middleton ultimately makes his season debut before or after the All-Star Game, he is expected to be kept on a minutes restriction as he eases way his back from the injury, sources said.
The Bucks have started Tony Snell, who has held his own as an outside shooter. But Middleton will upgrade Milwaukee on Snell’s biggest strength and provide massive defensive improvement. After a strong start, the Bucks have really struggled lately on that end.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has led Milwaukee to a 20-21 record, though the team is better than its won-loss mark indicates. The Bucks will be even better with Middleton, who will rival Jabari Parker as their second-best player and fit seamlessly.
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