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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