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Daily Raptor Dish - 09.02.10
Candy & hoops keep him happy
Feschuk: Raptors still sweet on Evans
"Ray, Roy, and Johnny. It was them," Evans said. "They talked to me, encouraged me, were on me mentally to think about positives, wanted me to eat right. Basically I just kind of gave in to them. I just went with it. I told momma I couldn't really eat no real good soul food. Just eat organic food, lift weights and do whatever conditioning I could do at different stages."
Hardest of all was giving up candy. Apparently, Lakers forward Lamar Odom isn't the only candy freak in the NBA.
"I'm a candy fanatic," Evans says almost proudly. "I'm probably worse than Lamar. All kinds of candy.
"Candy is my number one. I had to (give it up). A lot of people would be shocked. My home boys, my mama and them. The kind of money I make, people don't know what I want for Christmas or whatever, so they give me a box of candy. I got quite a few candy (gifts) from different people, so I gave them to my kids."
Evans swears that given the choice he would eat candy for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but getting back and performing for his new team meant so much to him that he gave it up cold turkey.
Of course once he's healthy and playing again, Evans says all bets are off.
"This summer, I'm gonna go to work. No question about it," he says. "When I go home this summer, I'm going right back to my candy, I'm going right back to everything that I normally eat. Krispy Kreme donut shops, soul food, everything. I'm going to work this summer."
The other positive about getting back in a uniform is he no longer has to wear a jacket to all the games. Much has been made about the two jackets Evans has worn exclusively the past four months. His teammates have cracked on him about it. Fans have ribbed it about it on his own Twitter account. Evans just shakes it off because he knows a truth few in the image-crazed society we live in acknowledge anymore.
"At the end of the day, you don't see the suit," he said. "You see the person that is going to make your team right. That's what you really see. I ain't here to make no fashion statement."
Maybe not a fashion statement, but a statement just the same, and his teammates are hearing it loud and clear.
Hobbled Evans close to returning
A well-cut suit, mind you, might have made it a little easier to judge if Evans's long-time inability to do weight-bearing exercise had a weight-gaining downside. Club employees, though, will happily tell you there are no new wrinkles beneath his baggy wrinkles. Evans was 265 pounds on the day he damaged the ligaments in his left foot in a pre-season game. And when he takes the floor on Wednesday, he'll be 265 pounds. He'll have even shaved a few percentage points off his body-fat content.
``For being immobile, that's pretty impressive,'' Jay Triano, the Raptors head coach, was saying on Monday.
Is the Reggie Evans Diet bound for the bestseller list? Perhaps not. Evans said the key to his stasis was a lot of work and very little candy. Convenience-store confections, after all, were an Evans staple before he was injured. But for the past few months, those packaged sugar rushes have been off a daily menu that included filet mignon, brocoli and mashed potatoes.
Chris Bosh, the Raptors’ lone representative in the all-star game that will be played in his home town of Dallas on Sunday, said he is looking forward to seeing Evans back on the court policing the paint.
“It will be five or 10 very intense minutes,” Bosh said. “Reggie only has one speed. He plays very, very hard. Just to have a guy like that back, I think it’s good for us energy-wise.
“I think with him and Amir [Johnson], they can really provide a lot of deflections on defence, second-chance points and things of that nature.”
Evans said he has found it interminable waiting for the opportunity to prove to Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo that he made the right move in trading for him.
“B.C. did everything in his power to get me over here and be a part of the team – which I am a part of the team – and this is what happens,” Evans said. “But it ain’t stopped me, though. I still worked hard to get back.”
Sunshine Girl – 09.02.10
RF Girl of the Day - Krystal Forscutt
SUNshine Girl Wendy is a blue-eyed Virgo who loves country music. Wendy’s dream is to own a pink BMW. In the meantime, she likes spending the afternoon cruising in her convertible Mustang