| 08-08-2012, 07:23 PM||
dude is a fu*king gym rat lol, peep this:
|Banned from basketball
Ever since that day at Big & Tall, Anthony has been a gym rat. Being one himself, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra holds the utmost respect for Anthony’s work ethic. The big man’s diligence is the stuff of legend. Although his Heat teammates reside in oceanfront properties in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables, Anthony chose a downtown Miami apartment. Why? It was within walking distance to the Heat’s practice facility at AmericanAirlines Arena.
He would live at the gym if he could.
“He’s the hardest worker we’ve had in 30 years,” Kruger said. “The first to the floor, the last to leave.”
On one occasion, Spoelstra actually banned his center from entering the premises. That’s right, banned.
It was the summer of 2008, and Anthony had just returned from playing with the Canadian national team for six weeks, grinding away in tournaments and doing two-a-days with his fellow countrymen. But before he left for international ball, Anthony trained for the competition every day for six weeks -- beginning the day after the NBA regular season ended.
“He didn’t take time off from the season. It was literally the next day,” Spoelstra recalled, shaking his head.
Spoelstra knew Anthony would be there, trying to fit in more work. But Anthony was a shell of himself, having lost 10 pounds in a little more than a month. Upon seeing Anthony's emaciated body that morning, Spoelstra called Anthony into his office as though Spoelstra played principal and Anthony a delinquent child. The coach demanded that Anthony take some time off, even suggesting a cruise vacation from the nearby port only a stone’s throw from the arena.
Knowing Anthony wouldn’t agree to the terms, Spoelstra put on the full-court press. The coach threatened to put up Anthony’s photo on the walls and instruct security guards to keep him out if they saw him anywhere near the building. Spoelstra was serious. Two weeks was all the coach asked for. Anthony agreed and left his coach’s office.
“Sure enough,” Spoelstra said. “Four days into it, I’m coming back late in the afternoon to get something from my office, and there he was. In the gym.”
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Too bad we don't need his a.ss anymore, now that Lebron is going to be playing the 4 more often
Never knew that though. Props to him