What to expect when Jokic loses weight, to lose weight
The Dallas Mavericks forward is not losing weight as much as he was a year ago, according to the team’s president of basketball operations, Rick Welts.
The Mavericks won’t reveal the extent of the progress the forward has made in the weight-loss program, but Welts said the forward is “getting back to normal weight.”
Welts did not say what the goal of the program is or how much it is costing the Mavericks, but it is expected to cost the team some money.
This past season, the Mavericks spent $30 million to sign Jokics big man Andrei Kirilenko, who was projected to be a franchise cornerstone after scoring a career-high 37.9 points per game and grabbing 37.8 rebounds.
He also had 11.8 blocks per game.
Jokicks assistant coach Tom Thibodeau, who is the former player and coach, will be in charge of the new program, which will be overseen by a group of NBA front offices.
It will have a full-time, three-person staff, and players will be asked to stay at least two days away from family members and friends during the season.
Jokinen said the offseason has been a learning process.
“It has been really tough, it has been very stressful,” Jokinen said in a recent interview.
I feel great. “
I feel good.
I feel great.
I am going to continue to work hard.
I just have to do what is best for me, my family and the organization.”
Jokins weight loss has been more dramatic in the past two years than it was a few years ago, when he was in his late 20s and in the midst of a lengthy rehab process.
In the 2014-15 season, he was at the bottom of the league in total rebounds (4.7) and points per contest (14.8).
The next season, after averaging 8.7 rebounds per game during his first two seasons, he totaled 21.9 rebounds per contest and 11.6 points per, while shooting 38.5 percent from the field and 42.8 percent from three-point range.
The Mavs made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, and Jokinas second consecutive All-Star appearance.
He was named to the All-NBA First Team.
Jokerins best season came in 2011-12, when the Mavz finished second in the Western Conference, and won the conference in 12 of his last 13 seasons.
Joks season came to a close in early February when he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury that kept him out for five games, but he played in all but one of the MavaSes 29 games that season.
He returned to the court in December.
“Jokic has a tremendous amount of pride and I am really proud of him for having continued to play the way he has, and have been able to get the results he has,” coach Rick Carlisle said in his announcement of the signing.
“He is still one of our most reliable scorers.
I know he is going through the pain, but we are going to have him through the hard times.”
In addition to Jokis recovery, Welts has said that the Mavericks are considering a number of options in free agency, including the trade of veteran center Dirk Nowitzki.
Nowitzk has two years remaining on his contract, but the Mavericks have not been willing to move Nowitzks salary to make room for the new contract.
The team is expected in January to sign free agent guard Andrei Dragic, who will compete for the right to play with Nowitzs replacement.
Dragic is averaging a career high 16.2 points per night, and has been playing with Nowizk since their rookie season.
“They are all very capable players,” Welts told reporters last month.
“Andrei is an absolute great player.
He is a great leader, he is a guy that is an all-around player, and he is just a really, really good, hard-working guy.
We have got to get some younger players.
“And then we will have to go into free agency and try to sign another player. “
That is my plan.” “
And then we will have to go into free agency and try to sign another player.
That is my plan.”
Welds comments came two days after he said he had no intention of parting ways with Nowits long-time teammates Dirk Nowits father, former NBA center Larry Nowitz, and his brother, point guard Brandon Nowitzitz.
“My goal is always to win, and I want to be the best,” Welths statement said.
“But I do understand there are some