The transformation of Marc Gasol puts the Raptors in even better shape for the NBA's restart

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The transformation of Marc Gasol puts the Raptors in even better shape for the NBA's restart
The transformation of Marc Gasol puts the Raptors in even better shape for the NBA's restart

Nick Nurse once joked that the new-look Marc Gasol was “chiselled,” and Norm Powell suggested the veteran Raptors centre looked more like a Barcelona soccer player than a basketball professional. The difference in Gasol, as least judging by photographs dotting various social media sites, is truly stark and the descriptions and observations are apt. Gasol is noticeably thinner, absolutely more muscular and apparently fitter than he's been since he arrived in Toronto from Memphis about 18 months ago. “Marc went for a good stretch of practice — the main bits — and just like I suggested, took himself out to kind of ease into it,” coach Nurse said Sunday after the Raptors' second practice at the NBA campus on the Disney grounds just outside Orlando, Fla. “I think OG (Anunoby) did later on in the practice as well.”

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