People say Krstic should beef up, I do not agree. Getting bigger would hurt his game just like it did to Joel Pryzbilla who is having a breakthrough season this year after LOSING weight.
http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/sports/1111575321135580.xmlPrzybilla had emerged as one of the season's feel-good stories. A free agent find by general manager John Nash, who had to convince the coaching staff to take him on, Przybilla has gone from an emergency backup to a key cog in the Blazers' future.
His emergence can be attributed to two things, Przybilla says: He has remained injury free for the first time in two seasons, and he abandoned the idea of needing to be a big, beefy center, and returned to his sleek self, losing 45 pounds in the offseason.
"When I was in Milwaukee, I kept thinking that bigger was better," said Przybilla, who is between 235 and 240 pounds now. "I finally realized what got me into the league was my speed and my quickness."
His weight, which hovered around 280 pounds, probably led to the two major injuries that plagued his early seasons: a stress fracture in his left foot during his third season in Milwaukee and tears in each of his patella tendons last season.
He took care of the knees last summer with a nonsurgical procedure and slowly began to gain the confidence of the coaching staff. And after he was a surprise insertion into the starting lineup on Jan. 10, Przybilla has not looked back.
"This league is about seizing opportunity, and Joel has done that," Pritchard said. "We thought he would be good, but he has exceeded our expectations."
And now, those expectations have changed. Since becoming a starter 34 games ago, Przybilla has averaged 8.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.44 blocks -- all while being the best on the team at setting screens and having above-average passing skills for a big man. It has created the potential for a heated battle next season for the starting center job once Theo Ratliff recovers from his shoulder injuries.
Ratliff, who said he marvels at the progress Przybilla has made this season, said there will be no controversy, just a better team.
"I know it will be his contract year next year, and hopefully he will have an even stronger year than this year, because I know I'm going to come back stronger, more healthy. Hopefully, we will just jell together."