There’s a transition that often happens with guys who enter the NBA right out of high school or after a year or college — for the first couple seasons they eat like crap. They have gotten by on natural ability and a high metabolism for so long it takes them a while to learn to be a professional. His first season with the Lakers, Andrew Bynum used to swing by McDonald’s on the way home from practice, get a bunch of food then eat it sitting on his couch while playing video games.
But after a few years — some sooner, some never — players hear their body tell them they need to treat it better if they want to keep making NBA money.
Which brings us to something tweeted about Jazz guard C.J. Miles from Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune (which later came up in a story).
Jazz forward C.J. Miles has backed up his words and has significantly slimmed down this summer. Appears to be in excellent shape.
We’re not sure of all the details but at age 24, entering his peak as an NBA player (not to mention a contract year), it seems Miles has gotten the conditioning bug. This is a guy who seemed to take a step forward last year off the Jazz bench, and maybe we can expect more of that next season. Apparently he is in shape and ready to go.
And just in time for the opening of… oh, yea. Well, hopefully we get to see him some time this season.
So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.
The Knicks coach has deflected questions.
But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:
It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.
And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.
Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?
Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.
Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:
It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.
But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.
It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.