View Full Version : Weight Watching Nuggets Are "Quicker and Faster" Than Ever

10-14-2008, 11:40 AM
Weight? Here's the real skinny
The need for speed produces some scaled-back results, in a good way.

It took only three months for Nuggets coach George Karl's edict to have a sleeker basketball team to become an on-court reality.

And as a result, Karl said, "The thing I'm seeing is we are quicker and faster than we've ever been."

So what does that mean in terms of pounds?

Six Nuggets Nene, Kenyon Martin, Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, Anthony Carter and Chris Andersen lost a combined 76 pounds since the beginning of the summer. They are thinner to the eye, and on the court they have displayed fleeter feet than they did last season.

"We sat down at the end of the season with the coaching staff, and then George was like, 'We need to be faster, we need to be stronger, we need to be quicker,' " Nuggets strength and conditioning coach Steve Hess said. "We want to remain strong, but we want to make sure everyone loses fat and comes in leaner and meaner. So we pretty much told every player our goal is to keep your body fat as low as possible, get you as lean as possible and get you as fast as possible."

The biggest losers have been Nene and Andersen. Nene, who is expected to be the Nuggets' starting center, checks in at 264 pounds, down from 278 in the summer. Hess said Nene will play this season at 258 pounds.

Andersen can get back to his high-flying ways now that he has shed 18 pounds, going from 250 to 232.

In the case of Martin, part of his lost poundage was to ease the stress on his knees. He has had two microfracture knee surgeries and spent as much time last season making sure he didn't have an injury setback as he did making certain he was getting better on the court.

"This is not an aesthetics competition," Hess said. "This is a performance thing. If you take a guy like Nene, for every five pounds over a specific weight, that's about 50 pounds of force output on the joint every time he strikes. So when you're looking at 20 pounds, that's 200 pounds of extra force output on the knee every time his foot hits the ground."

As for his 13 pounds lost, Martin said: "I feel good. No problems at all."

Smith said he didn't do anything special to lose his 11 pounds. "I just played and worked out," he said.

Footnotes. Karl said he expects "a couple" of starters to play "25-30 minutes" in Wednesday's exhibition against Utah. . . . Anthony has not played in a preseason game yet, but he may go more than 30 minutes in Denver's preseason game against Phoenix at Syracuse, N.Y., on Friday. Anthony attended Syracuse University.

Chris Dempsey: 303-954-1279 or cdempsey@denverpost.com
The lighter side

The Nuggets have lost plenty of weight in an effort to be a better-conditioned team. Following are notable weight-loss totals:


Player Start Finish loss
Nene 278 264 14
Kenyon Martin 240 227 13
C. Anthony 245 236 9
J.R. Smith 228 217 11
Anthony Carter 208 197 11
Chris Andersen 250 232 18 denverpost (http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_10713634)

Tian Tian Boy
10-14-2008, 12:32 PM
kleiza should join the group....... nene, martin nice to see them loosing weight.. i'm surprised about melo..m pretty excited this coming season!!1

10-14-2008, 03:26 PM
yes, kleiza is looking a bit big...
I bet AI would try to lose weight if he had any to lose, the dude has like no body fat already, lol

10-14-2008, 05:27 PM

Carmelo Anthony. Body Mass Index (BMI) = 26.1-26.4. Overweight. Fat
Nene. Body Mass Index.(BMI) = 26.9 Overweight. Fat
Anthony Carter. BMI = 27.5 Overweight. Fat
J.R. BMI = 25.1 Overweight. Fat.
K-Mart. BMI = 24.3 Normal. Good.
Birdman. BMI = 24.00 Normal Good.

The fat ones will have problem with their stamina.

10-14-2008, 06:56 PM
If you think JR Smith is fat.... then Shaq must be a damn Mamoth.

10-14-2008, 07:15 PM
BMI is a reliable indicator of total body fat, which is related to the risk of disease and death. The score is valid for both men and women but it does have some limits. The limits are:

* It may overestimate body fat in athletes and others who have a muscular build.http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/risk.htm#limitations

BMI Categories:

* Underweight = <18.5
* Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
* Overweight = 25-29.9
* Obesity = BMI of 30 or greaterhttp://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/

Smitty is so not fat.

And K-Mart ain't "normal" by a long shot. He's pure muscle.

10-14-2008, 07:56 PM
ya, really, hes a freak, and smith is pretty close too.

10-15-2008, 04:47 AM
Melo definitely looks like he's packing some extra weight in the midriff in this picture (http://media.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/content/img/photos/2008/10/13/436398233_t600.jpg).

10-15-2008, 10:31 AM
all he has to do is gain ten more pounds in muscle and hes lebron, haha

10-15-2008, 07:46 PM
this is good for the team, but just another excuse for GK to run the damn fast break all the time

10-15-2008, 07:53 PM
this is good for the team, but just another excuse for GK to run the damn fast break all the time

Karl has already said he wants to run more plays through Nene this season, which pretty much by default points to more halfcourt sets. Whether he actually does this or not is the unanswered question, of course. But there's absolutely nothing wrong with being "quicker and faster" if we employ those assets in the most constructive way possible.