NBA veteran and former first-round pick Andrei Kirilenko enters his 13th season looking to help bring his Brooklyn Nets back to the playoffs. The 6'9" small forward has recorded impressive stats -- like a league-leading 3.3 blocks per game in '04-'05, and career-high .513 field goal percentage last season -- but the Russian-American has also been injury prone. During the last two seasons he lost 44 games over different stretches to back spasms.
This off-season, Kirilenko added a new focus on core strength to his workouts. At an NBA Cares event on Staten Island, the versatile forward told Men's Journal the training is as much to keep him off the injured list as it is to raise his overall game.