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Tuesday , May , 31 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Kendrick Perkins to shed 20 pounds in off-season

Not that Perkins cares about critics, but the road to silencing them starts this summer. Perkins wants to show up for training camp at 265 pounds, 20 pounds lighter than he is now. He's hired a nutritionist and is planning to get to work right away, spending most of his time working out in Houston with former coach John Lucas.

 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s not what your team can do for you, but what you can do for your team.

That’s the lesson in Kendrick Perkins declaring he’ll drop 20 pounds before the Oklahoma City Thunder reconvene for the 2012 season.
 
Instead of blaming injuries, joining a new team, or anything else, Perkins told the assembled media he has to better. And it starts with his fitness.
 
So Perkins wants to get down to 265 pounds, a weight that will allow him to be far more efficient on both ends of the court.
 
Best of all, the Thunder’s center is taking the initiative. After all, champions are made by working and training during the summer.
 
And being a champion is something Perkins knows all about.
 
--Oly Sandor.

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