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As always, I am out of our break talking, all things a basketball.
As we continue to inch closer, I feel like I say it.
Every single broadcast here, the N B A is inching closer and closer to its return.
The official announcement is expected to come on what will be Thursday, with all of the details being offered up for the structure that they're going to go through and how they plan on presenting.
It just is a little bit of it aside, there is highlighted It before will probably be on talking about it tomorrow when it breaks.
But the total 22 teams scenario the teeth sees being pulled from both conferences and added into this 18 group will be eight playing games that will involve sorting out.
It'll be that eighth seed.
Some teams are going to feel a little bit left out looking in and some teams like the Memphis Grizzlies are probably gonna feel like they've been put in a bit of a bad situation Now, which may be wondering is, why am I slightly offset here to the side? That is because we come back in no look.
That will change the poster attack.
There we come back in talking about the return of the n b. A.
And this idea of the concern mentioned a couple podcast that Keith McPherson and I talked about it here one time concerns over who may come back in just a little bit heavy, right, carrying a couple of those extra l bees.
As we like to say, I thought, Why don't take a look at a couple of the guys throughout the N B.
A history and mostly recent memory players that make you think, boy, how committed were they to their craft? So as they scroll alongside me here will highlight a few of these guys, just a couple of them.
They don't want to go to deep dive.
There's a lot of players to choose from some lesser known ones, and I also want to get a bit of a spectrum here.
So why don't we start with Mr Sean May and the reason why you get that side by side him, his collegiate career winning a national championship? And then he comes into the league and really never gets off the ground.
Now this is a player, of course, who, uh, only is a playing in 119 games.
Average seven points, four rebounds.
But he had surgery, had an injury early in his career as well.
But the interesting thing you think about with players like these, of course, is when you come in, you see a guy in a little bit more physical presence at the college level.
Think about a guy like Zion Williamson, and then you wonder.
What is he? What kind of playing weight is he going to come in at will? He slimmed down as he first started his career, where you just get more to find a more muscular Sean May is a great example of the guy never quite got there.
And then again, injury.
Is she really Ignatz him in the bud? So he ended up kind of carry around some extra L bees.
We don't get into some of the guys like the tractor trailer, as he was affectionately known.
Unfortunately, he did a pass away in a relatively young age and some somewhat related to his physical condition.
Do you think about some other guys that were lesser known? Big Baby Williams, Glen Davies pops up on the screen there, well known guy, and you think about a player like him who has gone 514 games in his career.
Ah, little over four, almost 4.
5 rebounds for his career.
But it's the same kind of guy, right? And I think that these are the types of players that when you look at the physical set, you think they could be effective early in their career.
But then is they get a little bit older.
Unless you slim yourself down, you're gonna keep running into these issues off one.
Let it is not the biggest guy in the world, really, from a height perspective.
So now you're talking about the physical limitations that you're going to run into and then playing at the highest level, right? You're talking about trying to compete at the highest level in carrying around.
So those extra L bees you just saw in flash across the screen there and that was my boy Ray Felton.
Guys in the local New York area might know him has stint on the Knicks.
Obviously, the reason why include, because usually you think about the bigger guys, the centers, maybe in some power forwards makes it almost always centers that stick out to you as being guys that are gonna carry some extra weight on their shoulders.
I mean, listen, checked into £200 is really peak of his weight class, but when you're, ah point guard in the N B A, that's a lot of bull to carry around.
Now, one point you really got kind of muscular up across the shoulder, but ultimately seem to settle in into a little bit of that thinker physique shown there in Dallas as well.
Now, the big tip of the cap, of course, has to go to the main man.
And that is you're bullish.
Shaquille O Neal, The shack dis Uh, we're not well, the Great shack does.
He went by, Went by.
Ah, Superman at one point.
Maybe that got stolen by Dwight Howard.
Who knows the end of the day, my little little large, they're toast attacks looking into him.
But the funny thing about Shack is then really later in his career he put on some of those l bees, but for the most part he was a very big presence, very physical presence, and you show him here.
Now listen, you show us.
Alongside Dwight Howard's time on the Celtics, Dwight Howard has always been a very slight frame guy, relative to the center position in terms of bulk, big across the shoulders, Shack was always go back to his Orlando days.
He was skinny quote unquote for, ah, for a center and for him over the course of his career.
And then by the back end of it, you think about those comments that Kobe Bryant meat years ago about how, if Shakib in is dedicated to his craft as he was, they would have won exponentially more championships.
But if Shack was dedicated to his physique and workout regimen as Kobe Bryant, he wouldn't be necessarily same well rounded individual that he is a human being and he probably wouldn't be enjoying some of the finer things in life, right? And frankly, he was a monster.
So he gets the past the last guy that we had to have on their and the honorable mention categories poster tag, not necessarily dominant force on the offense.
And then, But this guy played in 756 career games.
This was no slash gave you of 5.
Ah, had some success.
Surprisingly, in spite of not really having any offensive game.
5 points for Game seven to, though checked in £280.
And this really rounds us back into that idea off.
The concern that you sometimes have around these players will go ahead and do here is I'm gonna go ahead, reset myself and drop out our fun little video montage there and say that, you know, joke.
It is the guy to talk about, have a little bit that that baby fat as they call it right, But he hasn't really fluctuated to dramatically in any direction over the course of his career.
He just doesn't necessarily have that shrimp physique.
I went back into the look.
It was going to give a little tip of the cap to Brian Scalabrine e from his from his New Jersey Nets days, but he really isn't that big of a guy.
He's just not maybe the most in shape at for an MBA standard, by the way.
Don't don't put me into these categories because I'm not coming out looking any prettier in the pictures, either.
But the difference between being out of shape and maybe just having a little bit of that extra weight on were two very different things, and you haven't seen any drop off in joke.
It's his game over the course of 48 minutes, relatively speaking, looks like he looks like he might be laboring a little bit more as games go on, but his conditioning is endurance.
All those things seem to be fine is not a trouble performing later in the Games.
But we had some fun on the podcast.
Keith McPherson and I as well, talking about who do you think might come back? We felt like James Harden was one of the few thought of.
But then you seen videos of him going absolutely ballistic in his time off, keeping himself in shape.
Bigger bodies like Joel and be You think maybe he's gonna have a hard time, because is he getting some of that running and endurance in Ah, guy like Jared Dudley keep? McPherson had thrown out to tip of the hat to him as well.
Dudley is a good one because he feels like he he's already right there on the edge of it.
But if the skill set is there, carry that weight, my friend.
It's only a problem if you don't translate into success on the court.
There's nobody really on the Nets or the local teams.
Now that I think too much about having those issues, Um, you know, even, I guess you know Luca Dodgers, even though I wouldn't think that you would put on the elevator.
Doesn't we have that look? But maybe younger players just losing a little bit? That focused a little bit of that desire around the game.
So take double look at some of those some of those bigger bodies around the ND A In years past, plenty of them had success.
But you think about Siaka goes to tag out a long career, A felt, a nonsense thing career.
Not really a big boy, but a lot of the guys that struggled a little bit to trend down.
You think about especially Shawn May, in spite of the injury.
College success doesn't translate to the pros and that's when you think they look at a guy like Zion Williamson.
You think how are you gonna make sure? Especially with some visited injury concerns already in your one.
How do you make sure that he that he does just keep himself relatively slim? Because as you progress over the years, you're gonna get a couple of those those extra l bees around around the midsection there and making sure they stay healthy and spry because Shack did it basically his entire career.
He was enormous guy, but in incredible shape.
And then as he rolled through some of those last stops along the way, you got a packed it impacted on before hitting the old dusty trail, heading into retirement again.
Let's not Let's not debate this in between any of my co host here on the SportsCastr platform McPherson and thrown up something about running.
I can't remember what it waas.
He ran some type of mileage a couple of weeks ago.
I don't need to get into physical off with him.
Let's just safely assume that underneath this shirt I am as chiseled as, ah, as a Brian Westbrook.
Don't think that just because I have a relatively pale complexion on more attuned to a deal Scalabrine me.
This is lean muscle, not deal under here for four.
For that little look around the lighter side of the NBA's.
Thanks for checking in with us.
We'll be back updating things.
Expect the news with the finalized plan.
Once it gets announced tomorrow, we'll try to deep dive in on that.
I am gonna be connecting with.
Keep McPherson on on here sometime in the relatively near future.
Follow him following that.
Brooks, Brian Egan, City and Russell All the guys that talk great MBA content here and hopefully on a stormy day in New Jersey on the East Coast.
At least a little reprieve from all of the the chaos around the turn of sports and the later look at some of the dough.
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