June 13, 2024

Apr 25, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) reacts during the first half in game three of the first round for the 2024 NBA playoffs at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

According to Cory Smith, D.J. Burns Jr., the outstanding center from NC State, has reached a noteworthy milestone by being invited to work out with the Los Angeles Lakers following a remarkable 45-pound weight loss in just six and a half weeks.

Burns didn’t let the NBA Draft Combine dissuade him; instead, he kept working toward his goal of joining the league. His metamorphosis has not only demonstrated his commitment but also greatly increased his prospects of success in the cutthroat league.

Burns, who played a pivotal role in leading the NC State Wolfpack to the Final Four, wasn’t among the 78 players invited to the NBA Combine, a major setback for any draft hopeful. However, instead of being disheartened, the 23-year-old center embarked on an intense fitness regime, shedding 45 pounds to better fit the athletic demands of the NBA.

His efforts paid off when the Lakers extended a last-minute invitation for a workout, causing him to cancel his appearance on the Pack Pride Podcast.

During his senior season at NC State, Burns was known for his large frame, listed at 6-foot-9 and 275 pounds. This size was a significant advantage in college, allowing him to dominate near the basket with his physicality and scoring prowess.


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