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Jae Crowder stops drinking beer and caffeine, eating bread and greasy food – and you’ll never guess what happens

Oct 4, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

Jae Crowder

Jae Crowder played power forward at Marquette, though at 6-foot-6, it seemed he’d have to switch positions in the pros. Quite often, players of that mold go undrafted.

But Crowder plays with so much energy and displayed a decent 3-point shot, the Mavericks chose Crowder high in the second round last summer.

Crowder had a fine rookie year for a second rounder, spending most of his time at small forward. Sometimes, he shot too often as he adjusted to his new perimeter position, and I wondered whether he’d best serve Dallas as a really undersized power forward.

Still, his defense was valuable as a wing, and it could get even more valuable there now that he’s lost 15 to 20 pounds. How did he do it?

Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News:

“You kick it up a notch when you work out,” he said. “And you watch your diet. Me personally, I took out bread and I took out grease foods. I drink water. I don’t drink any caffeine drinks. I stay away from all the sweet drinks and drink water as much as possible.”

And, of course, dietary luxuries had to go. Beer is one thing that packs on a lot of worthless calories.

“I cut that out,” he said. “Occasionally, I’ll have one. But yeah, I cut that out.”

I doubt the Mavericks will have Crowder cover shooting guards by design too often, but there will be plenty of times he gets switched onto one if he’s primarily guarding small forwards, and defense is likely Crowder’s ticket into the rotation.

On the wings, Dallas can probably use another reliable defender. Monta Ellis is a sieve. Shawn Marion and Vince Carter defend well, but at their ages, they probably should be rested more than the typical rotation player. Devin Harris, if he spends substantial time at shooting guard, is too small to defend the position effectively for long stretches.

Likely, Crowder is competing with Wayne Ellington for minutes in this role, and 15 to 20 pounds could prove the difference.

  1. antistratfordian - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    He wouldn’t have had to kick up his work out to lose those pounds if he did in fact cut out those things completely. But he says he still drinks beer so… maybe to him “cut that out” means “i only eat a baconator once a month now.”

    • antistratfordian - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      Boo. Whoever gave this astute and accurate comment a thumbs up, pat yourself on the back. We can be right together!

    • khadeemw - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      u cant read

      • antistratfordian - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:22 PM

        Apparently it is you who cannot read.

  2. teabone13 - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    in general, all NBA players should be doing something like this.. maybe not this extreme but SOMETHING. you’re bless to be playing… PLAYING a GAME and getting paid millions while every day kids, people, and families go hungry or struggle check to check. this is why kobe is the man. you might not like him for one reason or another.. but you have to respect that he understands that dedication and hard work are something you do as a NORM… in any case, big ups to crowder for recognizing his situation. all i can think of is how great tmac would have been if he had kobe’s work ethic.

    • ranfan12 - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      “all i can think of is how great tmac would have been if he had kobe’s work ethic.”
      last part needs to be changed to “if he didn’t get injured”

      • lhollis74 - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:17 AM

        Ranfan, the stronger your body becomes, the less susceptible to injury you become. Tendons connect muscle to bone, ligaments connect bone to bone. The bigger and stronger muscles become, the bigger and stronger tendons become increasing your stress level tolerance.
        Take football for instance, who has a higher rate of injury, wr and rbs who tend to be lighter and quicker, or line backers and linemen who build their bodies to be bulky and strong. It’s no coincidence. Not saying t-Mac should have lifted like a linebacker, just pointing out that guys like Lebron lift weights to help withstand the inevitable beating they will take so they won’t breakdown, repeatedly, t-Mac.

  3. barnesaintnoble - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    Really? You want to criticize the players? Go look up how much the owners make. Players make some money, I’ll give you that – but compared to the money the owners and league execs make, it’s nothing.

    And they are paid to take care of themselves 247 in addition to “PLAYING a GAME”. Just because Crowder wasn’t taking the best care of himself and now is doesn’t mean most NBA players are chillin at Krispy Kreme all day. You have to realize that you only hear about the negatives but never see the hard work and dedication 90% of players put in.

  4. jimeejohnson - Oct 5, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Crowder has pissed off all the fat slobs. Wee-weep!

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