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Anthony’s picture comes just days after a new photo of LeBron James had him looking much leaner and slimmer. Anthony has apparently taken to the same diet on the heels of receiving a new five year, near max contract with the New York Knicks.
While Anthony has clearly lost a lot of weight, he was never overweight or out of shape. You don’t put up the numbers he has over the course of his career without great dedication to conditioning. Anthony did always look a little heavy, but there was a lot more muscle on his frame than he was given credit for. Opposing defenders knew just how strong he was, though.
This could signal a change in approach for Anthony, perhaps in preparation for how he is going to be used in the triangle offense. With a leaner frame, his quickness and ability to get by defenders should increase. He may not be able to physically overwhelm defenders in the low post like he used to, but expect to see plenty of him in the paint still. Both Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant were utilized in the post extensively during their stints in the triangle offense, and Anthony’s post game is far too valuable of a weapon to go away from completely.
This is a stern message sent from the league that if someone doing recruiting is associated with your franchise in any kind of way, there will be repercussions and it is a violation of the anti-tampering rules. Drake’s role with the Raptors is a bit vague, but he is an ambassador for the team, which makes his comments directed towards Kevin Durant during a concert about how good he’d fit with the Raptors fineable.
Kirk’s decision to leave New Mexico early for the draft raised a lot of eyebrows, but if he ends up making the Cavaliers’ opening day roster then there’s no denying that he made the right decision.
Kirk will bring size and physicality to the Cavaliers’ frontline. The Cavaliers recently tried to trade for Timofey Mozgov, a sign that they’re looking for the kind of qualities that Kirk brings. He’ll have to prove himself in training camp, but if he doesn’t make it he could very likely be kept underneath the Cavaliers’ umbrella per say by playing with the D-League affiliate the Canton Charge.
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