I wish I had more body parts that I could work out. If I had my way, I’d be in the gym all day. I love to lift. When I don’t have basketball practice, I’ll be in a gym for 2.5 hours – 30 minutes abs, 2 hours lifting.
It’s much easier to get a six-pack if you’re short. [Tall people] have long, long muscles, so to get a six-pack to come out is hard. I’ve been working on my six-pack for 10 years now. It’s tough.
My goal is the same every off season. I work my body to be good. Working in the gym all summer makes me feel stronger in my game. Last summer I was in Vegas. I was waking up at 5 or 6 a.m., and I’d go out and run up a mountain in Vegas. I’d run the mountain, then come back, eat breakfast, go to the gym and play basketball and work on my game. Then I’d go box in the gym and do some lifting. It was like that for two months every day.
If you put some work in, you can have this body. It’s not because all basketball players have this body, no. I have this kind of body because I put a lot of work into it. I work out a lot.
I told them, “Hell no, no surgery.” [The doctors] told me I was going to be out for the rest of the playoffs: “The MRI showed that you are bleeding a lot in your calf and you’re going to be out the rest of the playoffs.” But my heart was telling me, “You’re going to be back.”
I didn’t want to believe that God could let me down like that. I said “I’m not just going to sit back and watch the rest of the playoffs at home.” I wasn’t listening to them. They told me “This is dangerous, this is serious; you can’t play like that.” I was like, “Man, excuse me, I’m about to play. This is too early to happen to me. (1) I’m not getting surgery, and (2) Trust me, I’m going to be back to play. At least one game, at least Game 7 or Game 6 or whatever, I will play.”
God and ice. The key was God and ice. I was icing 10 times a day, every day. 30 minutes ice, 30 minutes compression, all day just like that, all day on the couch.
It was not easy, that game, man. When I came back the first game, I was scared a little bit. My girlfriend was scared; she was thinking I was just going to play because of media pressure. And then my sister tells me, “I can’t believe you are trying to play today, and yesterday you couldn’t walk!” I said “Listen, whatever happens happens, but I need to be out there with my teammates.”
My injury was nothing. Being from the Congo and going through what I went through when I was young and I make it to the NBA? I can do this easy. That’s where I got my motivation to keep believing that I would be back.
that was interesting what he said about tall wolves and six packs.
did not know that.
i guess i can assume all the online attentionistos are short?
i wish he would have talked about his meat in this issue…
picture (shot by peter hapak) | interview courtesy: ESPN