Tyler Zeller gains weight thanks to donuts

When rookies reach the NBA, inevitably the general concern is that they all lack size and need to put on some weight. More specifically muscle weight. College weight training programs simply cannot compare to the strength and conditioning available to NBA players. Not to mention the ample amounts of time freed up without school as a nasty distraction.

So how is a young player supposed to put on weight?

Cavs center Tyler Zeller has a unique plan to add mass to his 7-foot, 250-pound frame. It is likely something he learned how to do well in early morning runs to his local Krispy Kreme as the Cavs' rookie.

Yes, Tyler Zeller is putting on muscle by eating donuts according to Mary Schmitt-Boyer of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer (h/t Jason Rowan of Sportress of Blogitude):

Zeller was already incredibly thin and wiry in averaging 7.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game last year. But a bout with the flu had him drop 12 pounds toward the end of the season and Zeller needed to get the weight back quick. Thus the donut diet.

At least for the early part of the summer.

I'm not going to say I was fat, but I felt very out of shape. I had to transfer that into 'good' weight and muscle. Now I'm between 255-260, and I'm pretty happy with that, although I'm trying to gain more.

So Zeller has gained about 20 pounds. What that 20 pounds is could be questionable. It may not be pure muscle. Zeller though should have considerably more weight to throw around this season as he plays behind Andrew Bynum and Anderson Varejao this season in Cleveland.

Anthony Bennett is on donut duty this year. The top overall pick should know Zeller likes them fresh out of the oven.

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