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4 New Orleans HORNETS
Chris Ballard
October 27, 2003
A star's newly chiseled body gives the team a healthy outlook
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October 27, 2003

4 New Orleans Hornets

A star's newly chiseled body gives the team a healthy outlook

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POS.

PVR

PPG

RPG

APG

BPG

SPG

FG%

3FG%

FT%

JAMAAL MAGLOIRE

C

108

10.3

8.8

1.1

1.35

0.60

48.0

 

71.7

JAMAL MASHBURN

SF

18

21.6

6.1

5.6

 

1.01

42.2

38.9

84.8

BARON DAVIS

PG

44

17.1

3.7

6.4

 

1.82

41.6

35.0

71.0

DAVID WESLEY

SG

85

16.7

2.4

3.4

 

1.49

43.3

42.4

78.1

P.J. BROWN

PF

79

10.7

9.0

1.9

1.03

0.86

53.1

 

83.6

Practice was winding down early in training camp, and players were pairing off to shoot free throws. As he walked toward a basket, Hornets point guard Baron Davis discarded his shirt, revealing a torso straight off the cover of Men's Health. Deltoids bulged, abs rippled. An onlooker let out a whistle and said, "Damn, boy, you look slim. Look like a model." Davis smiled like he'd just been asked to the prom.

Last season Davis missed 32 games because of knee and back injuries, and when he was able to play, he lacked his trademark champagne-pop hops. Frustrated with his physical condition, he spent the off-season working out with his personal trainer in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. He lifted, ran three to five miles every morning, strengthened his back and his core muscles and stretched for an hour a day. He also hired a personal chef, who lived with him and prepared three low-carb meals a day. "Breakfast would be, like, egg whites with tomatoes, turkey sausage and feta cheese," says Davis. "Then for lunch I'd have salmon and spinach or something like that."

He lost 10 pounds, gained muscle and was soon posting up and dunking again—"the first time I've done that in camp in two years," Davis says. With free-agent acquisition Darrell Armstrong on board to back him up, Davis should be better rested as well this year. Now if forward Jamal Mashburn can also stay healthy (he played 82 games for the first time in his career last season), the Hornets could even get past the second round of the playoffs, something they've never done in their 15-year history.

Even if they don't, Davis will enjoy at least one fringe benefit. "Women seem to like the new look," he says. "All except my grandmother. She keeps telling me I'm getting too skinny."

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