Muhammad has definitely gotten better, but by changing his eating habits. He has gone from a fastbreak of double cheeseburgers as a rookie to dedicating himself to chicken salad, from approximately 245 pounds to 215 the second season, from out of shape as late as summer league last July to beach workouts that left him puking on the sands of Santa Monica, Calif., and because of it has gone from a focus of criticism to re-affirming his spot as part of the Minnesota future.
September 21, 2017 | 8:15 pm EDT Update
Dwight Howard dislikes playing against Cody Zeller. Zeller dislikes playing against Howard. So it might work out better that they’re teammates. Zeller’s first reaction, when he heard the Charlotte Hornets traded for Howard in June: “Now I don’t have to play him four times a season.”
Zeller missed 29 games over the past two seasons. The Hornets’ record in the 20 games he missed in 2016-17 was 3-17. “I got banged up so much, playing so many minutes,” said Zeller, who has gained about 10 pounds in the off-season to 250. “A lot of times, I’m outsized by 40 or 50 pounds. I’m used to it — I can do it for games – but over four games in five nights or back-to-backs, my body starts to wear down.”