Tyler Zeller, a lithe 7-footer, got pushed around during his rookie year in the NBA. The rookie from UNC only shot 43 percent from the field and grabbed 5.7 rebounds per game playing 26 minutes a night. He showed promise for the Cavs, but the obvious takeaway was that he needed to bulk up, especially after an illness at the end of the season caused him to lose eight pounds, dropping to 238.
So Zeller’s early offseason regimen consisted of eating Krispy Kreme donuts. He gained 20 pounds in three weeks. From the Plain Dealer:
“They’re so good,” he said, unabashedly. “If you get them hot….” “I ate about six in probably 10 minutes, maybe less,” he said. In spite of his high metabolism, when he returned to Cleveland in late June, he was up 20 pounds, about eight pounds more than the 250 he played at most of his rookie season. “I’m not going to say I was fat, but I felt very out of shape,” Zeller said. “I had to transfer that into ‘good’ weight and muscle. Now I’m between 255-260, and I’m pretty happy with that, although I’m trying to gain more.”
I predicted the Cavs would make the playoffs last year, and I’m doing it again this year. I didn’t love the Anthony Bennett pick No. 1 overall, but I like the Earl Clark pickup (he should start at SF), I think Andre Bynum was a low-risk, high-reward acquisition, and between a healthy Varejao, and another year of experience for Thompson and Waiters, and I think Cleveland could rise as high as 7th.
Before you scoff, keep in mind – Atlanta, Boston and Milwaukee all suffered heavy losses.