TORONTO - Ed Davis knew he would have to hit the weights hard in order to build off of a solid rookie campaign.
Davis’ father, Terry, a former NBA bruiser, told a Raptors scribe late last season that Ed would be “sleeping in the weight room.”
Mission accomplished. The University of North Carolina product said he used his extended time in the gym in Los Angeles wisely.
Davis, who said he finished the season weighing a slight 216 pounds, now seems more equipped to battle with the league’s burly veterans.
“I got to like 236 (pounds) at one point, I’m probably like 233, 234, somewhere in there now,” Davis told the Toronto Sun.
With no true centre on the roster aside from the very raw Solomon Alabi and since Andrea Bargnani is expected to move back to his more comfortable power forward position, the 6-foot-10 Davis might find himself manning the middle on some nights depending on what happens in free agency.
Davis, who averaged 7.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and a block in 24 minutes per game and was jobbed out of a spot on the all-rookie team, said he had a “a couple of goals written down” for himself, but would not reveal them.
Davis missed training camp and the pre-season in 2010-11 due to a freak injury and said he was understandably pleased to be healthy to start the campaign and to finally have the lockout behind him.