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Those darn weight clauses.
Of all the players on this list, Glen “Big Baby” Davis is probably the one whose story most resembles the TV show, “The Biggest Loser.” Much like the contestants on the show, Davis was competing for a cash prize.
When Davis agreed to re-sign with the Boston Celtics in 2009, he agreed to a two-year deal worth up to $6 million. While most of the money was a base salary, $500,000 per season was dependent on Davis meeting certain weight clauses (per ESPN.com). And that, of course, led to hilarious quotes like (per Boston.com’s Frank Dell’Apa):
I have to weigh a certain weight at a certain time. I have to find out what time and what the weight is. I just look at my body - you know when you get fat. You have to know who you are and you’ve got to know your body.
And (per NBA.com’s Fran Blinebury):
It's not something I'm thinking about. They'll tell me the time and the place when I have to step on the scale and that's when we'll take care of that. It's a lot of money, so I have a lot of motivation. But it's not something that I can't do. I've been putting in the work.
I love that. “It’s not something I think about, I just use it to motivate me.” Interesting philosophy, that’s for sure.
According to Jackie MacMullan (per WEEI.com), Davis never was able to reach those benchmarks, but it definitely wasn’t from lack of trying. And the before and afters do look fairly different, so that’s something, too.