Miami Heat Center Eddy Curry sought motivation to get back into NBA shape from teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, according to the Miami Herald.
“I was getting a call or email or text every other day. When it wasn’t D-Wade, it was LeBron.” Curry recalled of his life with James and Wade during the lockout.
“I thought I could help them while I was watching the playoffs,” Curry told the Herald. “But then they started calling. It wasn’t me imagining or dreaming anymore. It wasn’t third party. I heard it from their mouths. Do you know how much that motivated me? That these guys wanted me?”
The center played in his first game last week since 2009, after missing time due to a mixture of injuries and poor conditioning. Despite a promising young career in which he averaged 19.5 points per game in 2006-07, Curry gained massive amounts of weight which threatened the seven-footer's ability to get on the floor ever again. In his first game back since 2009, Curry logged in 6 points and 4 rebounds for the Heat against the Los Angeles Lakers.