(Orlando Magic) Tobias Harris significantly altered his eating habits during the summer in an effort to raise his energy level on the defensive end of the floor.
“It helped me lose a lot of body fat,” Harris said. “It makes me a quicker player. I feel more explosive. I feel better. I feel real healthy.”
Harris, a 6-foot-9 combo forward, never seemed out of shape or too heavy last season or the year before that. But one of the deficiencies of his game has been his defense. He can get overpowered when he faces physical power forwards, and at times he has had trouble keeping up with speedy small forwards.
He said he’s at the same weight he was last season, 235 pounds, but he said he’s leaner.
Sources: Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge Agree on Extension
San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. The deal includes a partial guarantee in the third year.
Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a three-year, $72.3M contract extension, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 16, 2017
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
LeBron James Still Uncertain for Season Opener
LeBron James tested his injured left ankle during a portion of practice Sunday, but it’s still not known if he’ll play in Cleveland’s season opener.
James has been slowed since spraining his ankle in practice on Sept. 27. The three-time NBA champion sat out the Cavaliers’ first three exhibition games before making his debut last week against Chicago. He played 30 minutes but may have aggravated his ankle while making a spin move in the loss.
Source: USA Today Sports
Rodney Hood, Jazz Don’t Come to Agreement on Extension
Rodney Hood and the Utah Jazz will not come to an agreement on a contract extension, barring a last minute change, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune, clearing the way for Hood to become a restricted free agent next summer.