In the midst of a disappointing season for the Milwaukee Bucks' O.J. Mayo, the guard has had to face some criticism. As well as shooting a career-low 40.1 percent from the field on the season and losing 10 of the last 12 games, Mayo has appeared to put on some weight after signing a three-year, $24 million contract in Milwaukee. It's a fact that hasn't escaped visiting broadcast crews, as it has come up three of the team's five most recent games, via Bucksketball's Jeremy Schmidt.
Donny Marshall: "O.J. Mayo doesn't look right to me. He looks a little heavy, heavier than I've seen him. And there (after getting a J blocked by Livingston) short, much shorter than Livingston trying to shoot over the top, that's not a good shot."
Marshall: "I really think O.J. Mayo is not in the shape that he should be in. He looks a little heavier to me. And as much as I love Jason Terry, one of my Seattle guys, the fact that he could not go by Jason Terry off the dribble on that play - and that was the play that got called the technical on - tells me that me he might be just a little bit out of shape, Ian.
Ian Eagle: "Are you insinuating that he should be... holding the Mayo?"
Donny Marshall: "He should absolutely. I set you up for that one."
In Los Angeles on New Year's Eve, Lakers play-by-play man Bill MacDonald said he noticed Mayo looking bigger, but "maybe it's the uniform." Then in Utah on Jan. 2, Jazz analyst Matt Harpring called Mayo "a little bit out of shape" as Utah guard Alec Burks got past him.
Mayo is averaging 13.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists for the league-worst 7-26 Bucks. It'd be unfair to blame Mayo's conditioning level for this, but it can't be helping.