During the 2010 offseason, Earl Boykins signed a one-year contract with the Bucks — meaning that his time in Milwaukee may be coming to an end soon. Given his size — Earl is officially listed at 5’5″ and 133 lbs — he has never gotten the benefit of the doubt and always had to answer the “show me” questions before catching on with a team. Will he have a job in the NBA next year? Probably. Will it be in Milwaukee? Who knows?
His remarkable skill and conditioning has kept in the league for 12 years; among players 5’9″ or shorter, only Muggsy Bogues, Spud Webb, and Calvin Murphy have played more seasons in the NBA than Earl. He has had to be patient, though. In seasons before this one, Boykins has often had to wait and catch on with a team midseason as an injury replacement for a team needing depth in the backcourt. A typical example would be his time spent with the Wizards last season when Washington did not pick him up until November. When they did, the stories of his legendary conditioning got loose in the locker room.
Despite weighing just 133 lbs (which easily makes him the lightest player in the NBA), Boykins is reported to have maxed out his bench press at an amazing 315 lbs! While there are other players in the league who can match that total, none of them can bench press 237% of their body weight!
So Earl, before you leave town, can we please see this? We can make this event a charity function, maybe add a couple of other Buck players and make a little competition out of it. If we could actually get this to happen, it may end up being the highlight of the Bucks’ season.
Here’s a link to the Wizards holding a locker room discussion about Earl’s impressive feats back in 2010: