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Carmelo Anthony dropping pounds, wants to get back to rookie playing weight

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Carmelo Anthony posted a photo of himself to Instagram earlier this week sporting a much meaner, leaner physique. And much like the reaction when LeBron James posted a slimmed-down photograph of himself a few weeks ago, many were similarly taken aback a bit by the dramatic difference in Anthony’s appearance.

While not appearing emaciated by any stretch, Carmelo does look a lot thinner and there may be method to Carmelo’s weight-loss madness.

According to sources providing details to the New York Post, Anthony reportedly has set a goal of getting his weight down to where it was during his rookie season.

Anthony was listed at 240 pounds by the New York Knicks last season, but it is suspected that he played at a higher weight as the season progressed, perhaps packing 5-10 more pounds on to his 6-foot-8 frame .

Getting up there in years — Anthony is (gasp) 30 years old — in NBA player terms apparently has motivated Anthony to come into next season and kick off his new contract fresher, leaner and hungrier, both figuratively, and given how he looks in the photo he posted, literally as well.

Anthony’s reported goal of getting back down to his rookie playing weight isn’t a terribly substantial nor dangerous undertaking, as he was listed at 230 pounds during his first year with the Denver Nuggets.

Carmelo is keeping his eye on the weight-loss prize because he believes not only will it keep him healthier, it will help him be more effective in the team’s new offense.

“He wants to be as athletic as he was when he was a rookie,’’ the source reportedly told The Post. “Plus he wants to be a facilitator in the triangle and speed will help that.’’

Sources report that Anthony worked out with Orlando Magic player Tobias Harris a handful of times at Terminal 23 gym, a workout facility Anthony owns.

Harris’ people reportedly were told that Carmelo was working out three times a day, performing various drills both basketball and non-basketball-related while also doing some yoga.

A photo posted by Anthony to Instagram a few days prior to the above pic that caused all the buzz showed how he was well on his way to slimming down.

One individual who feels that both LeBron and Carmelo are doing the right thing are former NBA great-turned-analyst Reggie Miller, who was known for his extremely slender physique.

“It will prolong their career,’’ Miller told TMZ according to The Post’s report. “You carry on too much weight, it shortens longevity of a basketball player especially later on. You get up in years, it’s less wear and tear on your body. It’s actually pretty smart.”

It makes sense and is pretty smart as well, just so long as Anthony doesn’t go overboard and start resembling Christian Bale in “The Machinist.” That wouldn’t be pretty.

 

 

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