From doing hot yoga to downing juice cleanses, the Nets big three of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez are finding ways to get thin like so many of their NBA counterparts, Stefan Bondy reports Sunday. D-Will is down to a very svelte 200, a big lower than last season, but way lower than two years ago. Lopez, trying to reduce the weight on his feet, is down 15 pounds while hot yoga buff Johnson has dropped nearly 20 pounds.
Johnson notes that it's about age for him. Other than LeBron James, no one has put more miles on his chassis than Johnson in the last decade, as measured in regular season and post season minutes. Now, at 33, he's made the change in his conditioning routine --yoga almost every day-- and diet.
"It helps just taking the pressure off my ankles, my Achilles, my knees, things of that sort, really taking care of my body," Johnson told reporters early in training camp. "I think as you get older man, that’s when you really start to pay attention to it. Being young in this league, 19, 20, 21, man you eating honey buns and Doritos before practices. So obviously now at age 33 I look at things a lot different."
D-Will who said his decision to go with fewer carbs and more conditioning was the result of joint pain. It started two seasons back in 2012-13.
"I was up around 215 to 218 pounds, which is way too big for me," Williams said. "At that point, I just took it upon myself to start eating right, changing my eating habits. I had done it before, but it was just kind of off and on. This time I made it a lifestyle."
Williams also thinks the thin-is-in mantra is the function of the NBA's faster pace and that in turn, he thinks, is a result of the league moving away from in-your-face physicality.
"I don’t want to say the game has gotten softer, but there’s less physicality," he said. "I think a big part of that was how many fights and intentional fouls. The game was getting a little testy, and they wanted to clean up the image of the league and part of that was kind of controlling it, keeping it at a minimum. Also, it allows you to score more points, which I think fans want to see."
The Biggest Losers: In high-scoring, fast-paced, less-physical NBA, thin is in - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News