Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  20 responses

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade Helped Eddy Curry Get in Shape

A somewhat svelte-looking Eddy Curry stepped onto an NBA floor last Thursday night for the first time since 2010, and he says that it couldn’t have happened without the encouragement of teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Reports the Miami Herald: “So much freedom. So much temptation. It was a long lockout. There were days Eddy Curry felt hungry and tired, and the NBA seemed so very far away. What’s one handful of candy? What’s one missed workout when no one is really working or watching? Curry thought about going to the club, thought about going to McDonald’s, thought about sleeping in late. ‘But I was getting a call or email or text every other day,’ he says. ‘When it wasn’t D-Wade, it was LeBron.’ [...] Curry met with the Heat during last year’s playoffs but, in the words of coach Erik Spoelstra, he was ‘not ready even for any kind of workout.’ Still, it is very hard to find 7-footers who are smooth and skilled around the basket, especially cheap ones, and Wade and James knew what kind of treasure was buried under 70 extra pounds of flab. So they kept pushing and prodding their giant friend with a combination of gentle patience and tough love all offseason, telling him he was still young enough to overcome all he had squandered and endured. ‘I thought I could help them while I was watching the playoffs,’ Curry said. ‘But then they started calling. It wasn’t me imagining or dreaming anymore. It wasn’t third party. I heard it from their mouths. Do you know how much that motivated me? That these guys wanted me?’ How much weight has he lost? He shrugs his giant shoulders. More than 70 pounds. He says he hasn’t been this light since the day he was drafted fourth overall in 2001. Throughout the lockout, Wade and James kept inviting Curry to play with them in charity games, trying to keep him connected, trying to make sure he didn’t stray.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Bowen’s Bowtie Collection

    What’s one handful of candy? Ha! Curry can contribute on offense, defense?

  • RunNGun

    He’s getting in shape alright… in shape to fill up on the buffet line.

  • Jono

    Great to hear this, really hope to see Curry fulfill his potential, it’s never too late.

  • http://anyoldthing Ugh

    Now now you lot – Curry has an eating disorder and STILL made the NBA. What was your excuse?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    I hope he makes it and contributes points and low post presence to the team. Watching Joel Anthony try to produce offensively is, well, offensive. I cringe everytime someone throws him the ball.

  • http://slamonline.com tolo64

    yup eddie has a weight problem alright – he can’t weight to eat!

  • MeloMan@2.0

    @ugh- He is also 7 feet tall…

  • RunNGun

    @Ugh @MeloMan As the cliche goes, you can’t teach size. LOL

  • Fat Lever

    Got to admit, this is pretty cool. No slick comment, just props.

  • bike

    Eddy Curry’s secret to weight loss–hot mustard enemas administed three times a day.

  • James Aka…

    I think this speaks really well about the type of teammates that wade and james can be. Some people motivate by example, others by berating you to get better. These guys seemed to do actual coaching here, and thats really heartening. Its nice to see someone hit bottom and come up once in a while. I laughed when it was a joke, I recoiled when it looked like a trauma, and now I applaud when it looks like a success.

  • robb

    Wade and Lebron acting like real teammates there. Nice gesture.

  • http://slamonline house

    Much credit to this guy for losing the weight, and also much credit to Wade and James for helping him do it.

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Nice stuff.

  • Pais

    I admire you guys, you simply can’t be deterred from making your tired eating jokes. Perhaps he deserved it previously, I mean I can’t abide squandered talent (unless it’s me) but in this instance I respect his hard work. He made a solid contribution in his debut game and I wish him the best.

  • Pais

    Nice story all round

  • http://anyoldthing Ugh

    Being 7 foot has nothing to do with it. There are literally tens of thousands of 7 footers in the US and very, very few of them make it in the NBA. There’s a reason he can get back in the NBA despite having an eating disorder.

    The reason you guys make fat jokes is because you see a guy with an obvious issue making his playing time difficult and working to overcome it and it makes you feel lazy and inadequate for not having an excuse.

  • https://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    I like making fun of overweight athletes but does anyone cracking jokes thinks his weight issues might be somewhat linked to the tragedy of his toddler son witnessing Curry’s infant daughter and her mother MURDERED before his eyes? Get some perspective, guys.
    Good to hear LBJ and Wade trying to help a guy get his life together. Even better to see Curry is putting the time and work into doing so.

  • 1tail

    Eddy Curry is not 7ft.

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