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"Guys like me, Paul Pierce, Carmelo, Jabari, we don’t have natural cuts"


One of the most frustrating things fans have to deal with is out of shape players. Out of all the things we expect from players on “our” team, being in shape seems most in their control. Eat right, do cardio and weights, and it should work. Teams today have entire sports performance departments, personalized nutrition and workout plans, and spectacular facilities. The only thing preventing players from being in shape is a lack of self-discipline.

The problem is, how do we judge if a player is in shape? We primarily use the eye test. There’s a certain expectation of how a person in shape looks (we can thank social media for that), and if a player fails that standard, we immediately assume he’s been slacking. Jared Dudley explains it’s not always like that.

“Yes. I weigh 235, my body fat is 9 percent. The difference is guys like me, Paul Pierce, Carmelo, Jabari, we don’t have natural cuts.”

Jared Dudley via The Athletic

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“People say, “Hey, you don’t even lift.” I lift, just how my body type is now. I’ve gone through the phase where I basically starved myself, lost a lot of weight to 222, but then played like shit because I’m tired. Don’t have the night I want. That’s when it’s losing weight the wrong way. So you have to be in shape to play.”

Jared Dudley via The Athletic

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