Do you recognize Kendrick Perkins?
Old 12-14-2011, 03:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Do you recognize Kendrick Perkins?

Since entering the NBA in 2003, Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins has been known for his hustle, his defensive smarts, his willingness to cover a multitude of defensive sins on the interior, and a wee bit of girth. Perk looked a little doughier in 2010-11 because he was unable to condition his body as usual following a knee ligament tear suffered in the 2010 Finals. With the five-month lockout lopping off the typical training camp and preseason, along with two months' worth of games, there was ample time for Perkins to balloon up even further as the hours wiled away.

Instead, he went in the opposite direction, shedding 32 pounds, checking in at 267 at the start of training camp, and looking as svelte as ever. Check out the before and after pictures:

Perkins said he spent about three hours many mornings during the offseason lifting weights and doing conditioning work to help get him out of his knee braces, then he'd get up shots and play pickup games whenever he could. He also hired a nutritionist to help get him slimmed back down to 275 pounds, where the Celtics had him listed at the start of last season.

"I was just eating whatever I wanted. You have to change up your diet a little bit. But there was a lot of things that was healthy on the menu that I actually liked," Perkins said. "I feel a ton better. … It's just a sacrifice you've got to put in. You've really just got to be honest and look yourself and look yourself in the mirror and go from there. [...]

"Obviously, when you get lighter, you move quicker and you jump higher. I've never been a real leaper but I've got some kind of hops now," Perkins said. "It's all good."
Wow. Good for Perk.
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Old 12-14-2011, 04:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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he looks like he hasn't eat for weeks lol
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Old 12-14-2011, 04:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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a lot of guys coming back looking mean and lean this year!
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Originally Posted by LKeet6 View Post

a lot of guys coming back looking mean and lean this year!
lol.... have you seen the pics of VC?
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Old 12-14-2011, 04:21 PM   #7 (permalink)

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i thought they would come back fat and jolly after the lockout
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Old 12-14-2011, 04:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Why did he lose all that weight? A good part of his game was that he could guard guys like Dwight Howard.
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Old 12-14-2011, 04:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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What the?? He's 275 in that after pic?? Dude looks more like Amir! Ha!
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Old 12-14-2011, 04:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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My guess is that his doctors told him that if he dropped some weight, the wear and tear on his knee wouldn't be as bad.

I do wonder, though, if that will limit some of his aggressiveness. He'll probably still have the same mentality, but may find it harder to push around some of the smaller guys, now. What he has gained in mobility may be offset by his lack of bulk, and being able to throw people around.
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:00 PM   #11 (permalink)
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If he can't throw people around at the weight he's at then there's something wrong. He was a slug in the playoffs, and was a terrible fit for OKC. The guy I see now looks like he could be a very good fit, and make it through a season much easier.
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