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Dwight Howard Thinks Joel Embiid Should Lose 20 Pounds To Handle The ‘Wear and Tear’ Of An NBA Season

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Dwight Howard knows a thing or two about dominating as a big man, and he had some wise words for Joel Embiid. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year suggests the Philadelphia 76ers center should lose weight to handle the rigors of a long NBA season.

Howard spoke about Embiid in The OGs podcast with Goran Dragic and Mike Miller.

He’s 7’2″, 7’3″, and he got the handles, he can shoot threes. He’s 390, like he’s big.

I think he’s too heavy for the wear and tear of an NBA season. I think if he lose about 20 pounds, it’ll be great for his knees. He’ll be able to play for a couple years longer, he’ll be faster, he’ll probably be able to jump higher.

I did go through a season where I lost weight. I lost 30 pounds in 30 days. That next year I came back with the Lakers. I was a lot leaner, but I was a lot faster, jumping like I was 19 again, so if he loses that weight, he’ll be more mobile. I think it’d be smart.

Dwight Howard on Joel Embiid

Embiid always had injury issues, which were the main reasons he slipped in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Sixers rolled the dice on him as much as his health worried them. Nevertheless, the Cameroonian has never played a full NBA season and appeared in only 33 contests this year.

However, when he’s healthy, he looks unstoppable. Embiid played a career-high 66 games in the 2022-23 season and bagged the league MVP award. Media personalities like Stephen A. Smith also believe he could be the best big man to play if availability wasn’t an issue. In addition, former Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers picked him over Nikola Jokic in a hypothetical, winner-take-all Game 7.

Ultimately, talent is never in question for the former Kansas Jayhawk. Embiid has a habit of not eating healthy, and he should clean that up. If he could lose weight like Howard suggested, fans would see more of him on the court, not more numbers showing on the scales.