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Glen Davis says he’s at his lowest weight since eighth grade

Dec 6, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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Apparently Glen Davis was a big child. Very big.

Big Baby just returned to the lineup for the first time since last January, when he broke a bone in his foot that took two surgeries to repair properly. He’s looked pretty good since coming back — he had 33 points in the game against Philadelphia Tuesday.

He also looks svelte… well, relatively svelte. Davis is a big man in a big body but he told John Denton of the Orlando Magic Website he knew he had to drop weight to stay in the NBA. So he has shed the pounds down to his junior high weight. Seriously.

“Eighth grade. Yeah, really, it’s the lightest I’ve been since the eighth grade,’’ said Davis, seemingly shocked himself. “This time it’s consistent (with the weight loss). There have been times when I’ve lost a lot of weight, but I’d just gain it right back. But as far as consistently staying at this weight and staying down, it’s been since the eighth grade when I was this thin.’’

What does he weigh? Around 300 pounds at 6’9”. So maybe “svelte” wasn’t the work I was looking for.

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Still, everything is relative — Davis wasn’t allowed to play Pee Wee football one year because he was too big. What matters is for Davis the weight is off and his game is up – which just increases his value as trade bait, which seems to be where he is headed with rebuilding Orlando. A few more good games and he will start to draw interest.

So long as the weight stays off.

  1. phaden27 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Glen also commented the bucket of KFC he was gnawing through during the interview was the “Best fried chicken I’ve had all day”.

  2. MLBlogsbig3bosox - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    This article kinda surprises me in a good way because if he’s been that big since 8th grade then it’s amazing he developed a mid-range game that good. Most guys his size play center from junior until college and there they notice there’s something missing in their games, but then it’s usually too late since their offensive is making shots in point blank range. Good for Big Baby.

  3. pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    He’s actually really skilled. I wonder how good he’d be if he lost 25 lbs.

    What a shame…dude just loves to eat I guess…

  4. jammer73 - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Another cheeseburger please.

  5. themagicfanguy - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    He’s been working his butt off to lose that weight and people still ridicule him for it. Look at a picture of him with Boston and look at a picture of him now, he deserves praise not insults.

    • mytthor - Dec 7, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Fat people are the group it’s still ok to be prejudiced against. Although the first commenter did throw in that ever-so-original “fried chicken” crack so maybe he didn’t get the racism memo.

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