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Admiral Schofield dropped a lot of weight during quarantine, hoping it can help in several ways

Admiral Schofield dropped a lot of weight during quarantine, hoping it can help in several ways

The NBA is full of very large people, so many that the outliers are the ones who are of average, everyday person size. The guy who is six feet tall stands out in an NBA locker room sort of like a 7-footer would walking through a crowd at a mall.

Wizards rookie Admiral Schofield, though, stood out in his own way in training camp last September. The guy was absolutely jacked, and his name is also Admiral. What a cool name.

Schofield sort of got known for his build and that led to many pointing out how he came from a family of NFL players. There was even a story about the Ravens being interested in him coming out of college.

After four months in quarantine and out of the limelight, Schofiled has now gone through a fairly significant body transformation. He said he has lost close to 20 pounds, choosing to shed a lot of his muscle with some very specific goals in mind.

First, a look at the before and after. Here is an example of Schofield during the season, looking like he could bench a hospital:

And here is him now, about 20 pounds lighter:

Now, for the reasoning. Schofield, who is now down to around 225 pounds, said it's partly so he can be more versatile.

"I was able to get down to a weight where I'm able to play even more positions for the team, and to just be more active on the floor and go longer with higher energy," he said. "I'm just trying to be an all-star in my role and affect winning."

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If Schofield added some speed and agility, that could be good for him. He entered the league as an undersized forward with an undefined role. Being lighter on his feet could allow him to possibly defend guards. And, if he kept some of his bulk and strength, he could still be effective against taller players. 

Schofield didn't offer many details on how he dropped the weight, but he did get very pointed when talking about how it could help his career. He said getting down to the weight he is currently at was a goal of his dating back to his time at the University of Tennessee.

"It's about being able to go as long as possible. That's what it's about. It's about being able to play for 10 years, being able to play for 12 years. Playing with that weight is not good for your knees, it's not good for your joints," he said.

Schofield has been mentioned by Wizards coaches and executives as someone who could find a new role with Davis Bertans out. It sounds like he could also look like a different player, now with less weight to carry around.

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Michael Jordan competes is White Marlin Open in Ocean City for second consecutive year

Michael Jordan competes is White Marlin Open in Ocean City for second consecutive year

Michael Jordan has proven time and time again that no opponent is too challenging for him.

Even in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and Hurricane Isaias, Jordan’s love for competition prevailed as he was spotted in Ocean City, Md. this past weekend competing in the White Marlin Open, a deep-sea fishing competition, for the second consecutive year. 

If basketball, football, baseball and golf weren’t enough, the six-time NBA champion has now become a regular competitor in the world’s largest billfish tournament. After he entered the competition in 2019, he was the weekend’s star even without the winning catch.

In the weeks leading up to the 2020 competition, rumors began to circulate about whether the sports icon would appear on the eastern shore again. When his plane was spotted at Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport last week and his boat Catch 23 was registered, excitement began to grow from fans and fellow anglers.

In the competition’s 47th year, Jordan’s boat was spotted as one of 433 to enter the competition. His is an 80-foot Viking, which displays the print matching his Air Jordan 3 sneakers that he wore during the 1998 NBA All-Star game.

The tournament features competitions in fishing for tuna, dolphins, blue marlins, wahoos, sharks and white marlins. Due to the effects of the hurricane, the competition spanned from Aug. 3-9, an extension from its normal five days. This year, the White Marlin Open set a record for the most money ever awarded with a collective $6.8 million distributed to the winners.

The top $1.85 million prize went to Brandon Golueke from Ocean City for a 97-pound white marlin. The fish was the third largest white marlin in competition history.

While Jordan and his Catch 23 crew were unable to bring home the top prize again this year, he has proven he has a promising future in angling. Back in June, his boat brought in a 442.3-pound marlin on the second day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City, N.C., which earned fifth place that day and ninth place in the tournament overall. 

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Wizards caught in the middle of rising tensions in NBA bubble

Wizards caught in the middle of rising tensions in NBA bubble

When the Wizards were officially eliminated from the 2020 NBA playoffs on Friday after a loss cemented an 0-5 start, their Western Conference neighbors were still battling for their postseason lives.

Housed in Orlando's least attractive resort accomodation with what's been called the "Yacht Club Six," New York Times NBA insider Marc Stein reported Washington has felt the tensions rise inside the Disney property while the five Western Conference teams looking to take Memphis' spot as the No. 8 seed knock each other out of contention with every result. 

The Wizards have two remaining games against Milwuakee and Boston before heading home and getting into full offseason mode (if they haven't already). Without their three best players in Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans, and John Wall, however, Washington's chances to get within four games of the Magic and force play-in games were always unlikely heading in. 

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In fact, the Wizards have now dropped into 10th in the East behind Charlotte without the Hornets even playing a game!

Still, the learning experience and opportunity to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime type of NBA event made the sequestering in Orlando worth it for Washington. 

“It is such a unique experience,” Mahinmi told Stein. “Honestly, if you want to reflect on it, it would have been tough to be back home and be like, ‘Man, I wasn’t part of this.’”

For the five Western Conference teams bunking alongside Washington in the Yacht Club - New Orleans, San Antonio, Phoenix, Portland, and Sacramento - the playoff picture has shifted tremendously with a bevy of unexpected wins and losses from these teams. That's not the only thing that's changed though.

Stein reported that tensions have been rising among players and coaches inside the Yacht Club. 

“Stares are getting colder getting on and off the elevator,” Suns Coach Monty Williams told Stein. 

With the Suns surprising undefeated start to the NBA restart and Pelicans star rookie Zion Williamson's debut season officially over after their final game Thursday, the playoff picture has turned upside down for the competition of the coveted eighth seed. It's clear that players are bitter. 

For Washington, on the other hand, it's just about being there. With a healthy backcourt duo of Beal and Wall next season, maybe the Wizards will feel like they belong. 

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