Playing basketball for the NBA can be very physically demanding on a player. The professional ball players have to be in optimal physical condition while they’re playing, and even in off-season. This means that they have to keep up their healthy diet and exercise regime even when they are on vacation from playing. And the players usually do this, too, because they know that if they pig out and become sedentary during off-season, then it will be extremely difficult when they return to camp. They would have to work twice as hard in order to get their bodies back into good enough shape to play a good game. Obviously, most NBA players realize the importance of maintenance year around because they are more apt to get hurt if they are not in the best shape possible. This alone is a motivating factor for many of the players. Because of course they want to play to win and live up to their potential. They also want to have the optimal amount of energy needed to sustain such a physically demanding job. Also, staying in shape makes an NBA player more likely to help his team make it to the play-offs and even win the championship.
The Detroit Pistons are in really excellent condition. Last year, they had the best record in the NBA. They went to the eastern conference finals and played the Miami Heat. Even though the Pistons lost, they wouldn’t have made it as far as they did had they not been in the best shape possible. Since the Pistons lost the championship, of course Miami Heat won. This means that Miami Heat’s NBA players were in optimal shape as well.
So as you can see, staying in shape at all the time is of extreme importance for a professional basketball player. They can’t expect to help their team win if they’re overweight and out of shape, and they could become seriously injured if they play despite being out of shape.