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Leaner, meaner Amare

Mar 17, 2010, 11:42 PM EDT

Since the All-Star Game, Amare Stoudemire has been Beasting. With the capital “B.” Like Kobe/LeBron level Beasting.

In the last 10 games he is averaging 28 points, 9 rebounds, shooting 54.6 percent and attacking the rim so he gets 10 free throws a game. He and Steve Nash are running an unstoppable pick-and-roll like they did in the D’Antoni era.

The secret to Amare’s resurgence? He’s dropped 26 pounds this season he told the Arizona Republic.

The Suns All-Star had the weight of a franchise hinging on his ability to recover from a serious eye injury and months of down time. He also had the extra pounds on his body caused by limited activity, pushing his weight to around 268 pounds in August.

Part of the reason Stoudemire has returned to his old self is the dropped weight. He has lost about 26 pounds and is down to 242, a more customary weight for him at this point of the season, and his body fat is about 5.5 percent.

“I feel great,” Stoudemire said. “Feel quick. Feel fast. Agile. With that being said, my basketball IQ is definitely improving. That’s been helping my teammates.”

Hold on there… losing weight helps your basketball IQ? Well, that does explain Oliver Miller’s play for all those years.

Somebody get Eddy Curry on the phone, STAT!

  1. Larry - Mar 18, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    What Amare is talking about is the fact that he is quicker and more agile and that has allowed him to be in defensive rotation spots now that he couldn’t get to being slower, and taking advantage of offensive chances by getting to open spots in time for Nash passes.
    That’s not really an improvement in real basketball IQ, but it doesn’t make him look lost on defense all the time and makes him more fluid and tougher to guard on offense. He’s now in the right spots more often since he can get where he is heading quicker.
    He was so overweight and out of shape in October when games started he looked like Shaq did last year trailing the team up the floor. If you have had a detached retina or know anyone that has had one, you flat can’t do anything but walk slow for 6 months, until the eye is firmly secured and healed back in the socket. It is an athletically debilitating injury which takes time to toally heal physically and mentally. Go ask your optomotrist or an eye surgeon if you don’t believe me how serious this was.

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