Kings center DeMarcus Cousins says that he’s shed roughly 20 pounds since Sacramento’s season ended in April—the big fella points to the speed of the modern NBA game for the weight loss.

Cousins, 25, dealt with foot injuries in 2015-16, and believes a lighter build will help him avoid the Chillin’ List next season.

The All-Star is also looking forward to leading Team USA at this summer’s Rio Olympics.

Per the Sac Bee:

“I’m a bit lighter than I’ve been (in) any of my previous years,” he said. “The pace of the of the game has picked up a lot, and I’ve got to be able to fit in. Also, my role changes a lot for Team USA. … I’m also trying to prepare my body for that.”

 

Cousins also hopes being lighter will help prevent injuries. He was bothered last season by tendinitis in both feet. […] “That’s also part of it,” he said. “A lot less pressure on my feet. It’s a new type of working out.”

 

Since the end of the season, Cousins has had four shock-wave treatments to alleviate pain in his feet. He said he feels good and is looking forward to Team USA training camp next month. […] “I’m very excited,” Cousins said. “I’ve always wanted to be on the Olympic team, and I’ve finally got the chance.”