Raptors' Ed Davis feeling stronger
By MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency
HALIFAX - The Raptors sent Ed Davis home with an entire laundry list of changes they wanted accomplished.
At the top of that list was to come back bigger and stronger to withstand the beating anyone who makes his living under the basket in the NBA must take.
Funny thing though about bigger and stronger. They don’t always coincide.
Davis arrived back in Toronto this September a changed man. He’s stronger, he’s eating better and his shot has had a complete makeover.
But Davis is not bigger. In fact, he weighs seven pounds less than he did a year ago.
“I came to training camp last year at 237 and I didn’t feel like I could move,” the third year big man said. “I was much bigger but it just wasn’t right. Right now I’m about 230 but I’m much stronger and moving better.”
Davis said he could easily put on 10 pounds in two weeks but that kind of weight wasn’t doing him any good. In fact it was hurting his game.
“They wanted me to get stronger and working with Alex (McKechnie, the Raps director of sports science) and Johnny Lee (the Raps strength and conditioning coach) they see the difference just by me lifting in the weight room. At the same time I didn’t put on any weight. I actually lost body fat.”
Head coach Dwane Casey lauded Davis for the work he put in this summer.
“Ed is a different young man right now,” Casey said. “He’s more confident as a basketball player. He’s more confident in his shot. His ball handling is more confident so whatever he (drank) this summer in Richmond, he needs to keep drinking it. (Shooting coach) John Townsend did a heck of a job working on his shot — broke it down and got it back but Ed put a lot of work in. Not just on his shot, but on his ball handling, just his confidence. His body, he’s in great shape, he worked on his diet so he did a good job. I might have to talk to him about the diet part. I might need a little help.”