Zion Williamson, James Harden, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia 76ers, weight loss, breaking news

Zion Williamson and James Harden look svelte for NBA training camp.

NBA teams across the league held their media days on Monday, and it gave watchers their first glimpse in some time of the offseason body transformations of the Pelicans and Sixers stars, respectively.

“I feel like I’m at my best right now,” Williamson told reporters. “I feel like I’m going faster, jumping higher. I just feel good.

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Williamson has about 200 million reasons to be motivated — his monster contract extension signed with New Orleans this offseason reportedly includes a weight clause.

The 22-year-old Pelicans big man missed all of last season with a foot injury and played just 85 games combined in his first two seasons.

Harden, meanwhile, was asked by the media about what he’s been doing to lose weight this offseason.

“At this point, it’s a diet. It’s a real rest, he replied. “And then for me, it’s building muscle and gaining more muscle mass – which I’ve always had. It’s just that for a year and a half I wasn’t healthy enough to work properly. like I’m used to. This summer has been huge for me in that aspect of making sure that hill running and weightlifting were on point.

The reporter asked a follow-up question about the exact weight he lost.

“100 pounds,” Harden joked.

Harden also has financial motives at play. This offseason, the 33-year-old declined his $47 million player option and opted for a two-year contract worth a total of around $68 million with the Sixers.

He has an opt-out clause in the contract which means he could potentially cash in big next summer if his performances return to the level of several years ago.

This story originally appeared on the New York Post.

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