In the 2003 draft three superstars emerged, Dwayne Wade, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.
The three took the basketball world by storm, bringing back gold medals in the summer Olympics, changing the status quo in the NBA by introducing the super-friends-super-team, the widespread use of the stretch-4 and a fashion focus off the hardwood.
This year’s trend; weight loss. LeBron James changed his diet and lost 10 to 12 pounds, Carmelo Anthony did too and Dwyane Wade says “I’m lighter right now than I was when I came to training camp last year.” Why the sudden push to slim down? The three are learning from history and previous super stars.
In the summer of 2007 Kobe Bryant, at age 29, lost 20 pounds. Over the next three season Kobe won two championships and only missed nine of 246 regular season games.
Tim Duncan lost 20 pound in the summer of 2012. Duncan went on to back to back final appearances against one of the most talent dense rosters ever, nearly winning the first opportunity then dominating in his second opportunity.
Ray Allen dropped 10 pounds on a paleo diet when he joined the Heat.
James, Wade and Anthony are poised to extend their reign in the NBA as premier playmakers. I look for LeBron to be revitalized and preform like he did in Cleveland in 2009-2010, a scary proposition for the Eastern Conference.
Wade looks to be in shape and may be able to contribute for more than 70 games this season. Carmelo will be able to be a consistent eight rebound a game player. The NBA has an arms race (literally) building up in the Eastern Conference.