Feb 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Eastern Conference forward LeBron James (6) of the Miami Heat and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) of the New York Knicks react as they are introduced during practice for the 2013 NBA all star game at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Reggie Miller says svelter LeBron, Carmelo will be better

The idea of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony becoming even better basketball players is a scary thought for the rest of the NBA, but it’s something Reggie Miller sees happening.

In a league built around height and weight, the Indiana Pacers legend continued flourished despite his rather meager size and has often attributed his success to his lack of weight. Miller seems to feel that LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony both shedding pounds this offseason will benefit both players currently and for the long run.

Of course, such a sentiment would likely be better answered by a medical professional and/or a nutritionist, though Reggie Miller does make some sense.

We’ve seen players with a lot of weight issues struggle with their conditioning and game, especially as they aged. They didn’t have to be ‘overweight’ either, but the constant pounding of added weight (even a few pounds) can really do damage to the health of a player when you put in as much running time as NBA athletes do.

On the flip side, some have grown concerned that both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony may lose some of their unique abilities with the loss of weight. Both Melo and James have been known to spend a significant amount of time in the post, though in fairness to James he’s still strong as an ox. Anthony likely didn’t lose much (if any) strength either and even if so, he’s more likely to play on the outside of the triangle for the New York Knicks this season so a post game won’t be as necessary.

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