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Old 10-03-2012, 08:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ed Davis smaller, but stronger

The Raptors sent Ed Davis home with an entire laundry list of changes they wanted accomplished.

At the top of that list was to come back bigger and stronger to withstand the beating anyone who makes his living under the basket in the NBA must take.

Funny thing though about bigger and stronger. They dont always coincide.

Davis arrived back in Toronto this September a changed man. Hes stronger, hes eating better and his shot has had a complete makeover.

But Davis is not bigger. In fact, he weighs seven pounds less than he did a year ago.

I came to training camp last year at 237 and I didnt feel like I could move, the third year big man said. I was much bigger but it just wasnt right. Right now Im about 230 but Im much stronger and moving better.

Davis said he could easily put on 10 pounds in two weeks but that kind of weight wasnt doing him any good. In fact it was hurting his game.

They wanted me to get stronger and working with Alex (McKechnie, the Raps director of sports science) and Johnny Lee (the Raps strength and conditioning coach) they see the difference just by me lifting in the weight room. At the same time I didnt put on any weight. I actually lost body fat.

Head coach Dwane Casey lauded Davis for the work he put in this summer.

Ed is a different young man right now, Casey said. Hes more confident as a basketball player. Hes more confident in his shot. His ball handling is more confident so whatever he (drank) this summer in Richmond, he needs to keep drinking it. (Shooting coach) John Townsend did a heck of a job working on his shot broke it down and got it back but Ed put a lot of work in. Not just on his shot, but on his ball handling, just his confidence. His body, hes in great shape, he worked on his diet so he did a good job. I might have to talk to him about the diet part. I might need a little help.
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