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Once 350 pounds, Smith slimmed way down for Hoyas

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07:23 AM ET 08.09 | In at least one regard, Joshua Smith's story is among the biggest stories in college basketball. Smith said he weighed 350 pounds when he arrived at Georgetown last winter after transferring from UCLA. He's around 310 now and, at 6-foot-10, would like to play at 290. These are numbers he has set for himself -- with no one's instruction. There is no correct weight compared to height in sports. Some can move quickly at a certain weight, some cannot. "I've taken the approach that let's not talk about numbers," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "I've told him, 'Let's get to a point where you can stay on the court for two minutes, then stretch it to five and then five to nine and then nine to 15.' Some people can play at 200, some at 250, some above 3 and some can't play above 150."

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August 9, 2013  07:56 AM ET

Coach: "Let's get to a point where you can stay on the court for two minutes ..."

LOL!

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August 9, 2013  09:17 AM ET

Football season hasn't yet begun and we have BB threads?
Who makes these silly decisions?

August 9, 2013  09:24 AM ET
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Football season hasn't yet begun and we have BB threads?Who makes these silly decisions?

They do it for the Colonel ...

August 9, 2013  10:24 AM ET

J. Smith's current BMI @ 6'10" and 290 would be 30.3 (obese). Probably needs to get down to about 250-260.

 
August 9, 2013  02:32 PM ET
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Football season hasn't yet begun and we have BB threads?Who makes these silly decisions?

Agreed. I don't need to be reminded of the team that lets me down every year. Every year, I say "it will be different" and alas, it is worse than befoere.

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