Playing the power forward or center position in the National Basketball Association is no easy task. Banging bodies inside the paint night after night blocking shots, grabbing rebounds or making shots can be taxing, indeed, and something not lost on Derrick Favors.
“Once the season ends, I take a month off to let my body heal and do something else besides basketball,” the member of the Utah Jazz says. “Get some rest to let my muscles and joints heal up.”
But by this point in the calendar year, the 6’10” Favors is back into the swing of things, albeit at a comfortable pace. “I take it slow at first,” he explains. “I don’t go full speed right away and do some light weight lifting and get back on the court.”
Favors also gets his cardio in during the summer by swimming a lot and as each month goes by, he picks up the intensity with all of his training. He actually does more lifting earlier in the offseason to maintain his size, on the average of four-to-five times per week.
“Monday, Wednesday and Friday are my harder days,” the third overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft by the then-New Jersey Nets says, “and get in more stretching and court exercises on Tuesday and Thursday.”
A lot of this means a variety of lower body movements to help Favors explode off the ball, block shots and get those all-important rebounds. And he does not cheat his upper body and works it hard to help him finish through plays and when there is contact made.
But he needs to be cognizant of training too heavy, and feels that his ideal playing weight is 250 pounds. “I train with lighter or just body weight – especially when training camp comes around – so that I’m in shape.”
After playing with the Nets in his rookie campaign, Favors was part of a package in a blockbuster trade that landed star point guard Deron Williams in the Garden State. And in each season playing in Utah, he has improved and averaged 13.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in the 2013-14 season.
“I just have to keep taking care of my body, “he says, “and I plan on playing at least 15 or 16 years in the league.”
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Photos: Brent Asay