I don't have a tough time believing that at all. Most people will, by nature, do the bare minimum to get whatever they want or need. This is instinctual, conservation of energy and resources for survival. So he knows he really won't get any further if he gets ripped, so he does exactly what he needs to barely maintain his basic conditioning and calls it a day.I don’t know how much of criticism of Niang’s conditioning is valid. Most people aren’t NBA athletes no matter what they do, and a lot of people just have thrifty metabolisms that cause them to carry weight in a way that our society perceives negatively.
But like I said, I’m not sure. I just have a tough time imagining him suddenly becoming cut and athletic. Beyond anything else, it would mean that a fringe NBA player is just kinda lazy and I have a tough time believing that.