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News » Bell wins tale of the scale Body-fat bet with Bogut pays off

Bell wins tale of the scale Body-fat bet with Bogut pays off

Bell wins tale of the scale  Body-fat bet with Bogut pays off By TOM ENLUND

St. Francis - An enthusiastic Charlie Bell contends that he is in the best shape of his career for training camp and he provides teammate Andrew Bogut with an assist for that. In a back-handed kind of way, that is.

It's seems that Bell and Bogut placed a "gentleman's" wager as to who would show up with the lower body fat on the opening day of training camp.

As it turned out, the Milwaukee Bucks' guard prevailed and it's a victory that he doesn't hesitate to chirp about.

"This summer, we both got here and we went in for a body fat test and mine was higher so he started calling me 'Fatboy' and this and that . . . that he's in better shape and he's got a better body," said Bell. "I said, 'OK, I'll bet you that come time for the season, we'll see who's got the lower body fat'. He said, 'Ok, let's bet.'

"So then, the next thing you know, he said something on Twitter . . . he put it out there for everybody. So I said, 'OK, I'm going to work even harder. He don't know it but while he was asleep, I was up there on the treadmill, at 11 or 12 o'clock at night, burning fat while he was sleeping."

Asked whether it had been a satisfying victory over Bogut, Bell said: "It was. I feel like I'm in the best shape that I've ever come into camp. I owe it to Andrew. He challenged me. Now I call him fatboy. He's the fat guy."

Bell, continuing to poke fun at Bogut after a recent practice, surveyed the gym for the Bucks' center.

"I don't know where fatboy is right now," said Bell. "I think he left. He don't want to see me. He's talking about giving him a couple more weeks and he'd be beating me. But I'm in the lead now, he's never going to catch me."

The Bucks don't reveal the body fat of their players but in general, being under 10% body fat is considered acceptable for a smaller player while under 12% is good for a big man. According to Bell, he scored a convincing victory over Bogut.

"Pretty much," he said. "I was down about two weeks ago about half a percent but I ended up getting him by maybe a percent."

Bogut points out that since he is coming back from a serious back injury, he was only able to work out about an hour per day. Even so, he concedes that Bell won fair and square.

But, referring to Bell's once sizable posterior, Bogut said, "He finally got his big (butt) down."

Regardless of how he did it, a svelte and conditioned Bell can only be good news for the Bucks .

Over the past couple seasons, Bell has had all kinds of situations to deal with off the court - injuries and conditioning issues along with an extended free agency two years ago that created some friction with the organization - and it all affected his performance to the point where even the local fans got on him at times.

Last season, after having off-season ankle surgery, Bell averaged 8.4 points on 41.4% shooting. The season before that, he averaged 7.6 points on 38.1% shooting. Bell said that he was glad to have all the off-court issues behind him.

"The last couple years, not being in shape or with the ankle surgery, wanting to do something but I couldn't do it," he said. "Or mentally, I didn't have the confidence in myself to do it. Now I have a lot of confidence in myself to go out and play to the best of my ability.

"I definitely feel great. I'm sure everyone will tell you that when I come in, everybody knows I'm here. I'm laughing and joking and having a great time. It feels good running up and down the court jumping and dunking and having a good time. I'm just excited about the year."

When Bell is right, he is an important cog for the Bucks as he is one of their best shooters and defenders and offers versatility on both ends of the floor.

Bucks coach Scott Skiles likes what he has seen from Bell so far.

"Charlie has played very well," said Skiles. "Last year at this point, he was still dragging his leg and wasn't in very good shape. Now, he's in great shape, going through everything."

Bucks moves: The Bucks have requested waivers on forward Marcus Hubbard and guard Mark Tyndale, announced general manager John Hammond.

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