When Andre Iguodala offers recommendation, the sensible factor to do is pay attention.
Warriors heart Kevon Looney discovered that the onerous means early in his NBA profession concerning his food plan and the kinds of meals he was consuming.
“Yeah, the primary day, I don’t even assume he mentioned ‘hey,’ ” Looney advised NBC Sports activities Bay Space’s Warriors insider Monte Poole in September. “He stopped and seemed on the plate of meals I used to be consuming. My first 12 months I wasn’t making an attempt to pay attention that a lot, [I was] like, ‘Man, go on, I’ve been consuming like this my entire life and I’m right here.’
“However after a season in, I discovered he was proper and I must take heed to him on the whole lot.”
Looney was drafted No. 30 within the 2015 NBA Draft as a 19-year-old with faculty scholar consuming habits. He mentioned he continued consuming fried meals and even at crew dinners, he would move on “fancy steaks” for hen tenders.
Nonetheless, the then-31-year-old Iguodala was not having it.
“He is like, ‘Man, you bought to develop up in some unspecified time in the future,'” Looney remembered. “Sooner or later I had some apple juice and he is telling me what number of grams of sugar and I’m like, ‘Bro it’s apple juice, everyone drinks apple juice.’
“However he was proper.”
Now, as he enters his seventh 12 months within the league, that teenage food plan is means up to now. The 27-year-old now has a private chef and talked concerning the significance of a nutritious diet.
“It means lots for me. Our physique is how we make our cash so being wholesome is the important thing to a protracted profession and that’s what you need to do: play so long as attainable,” Looney mentioned. “Make as a lot cash as you may for your loved ones. And placing the suitable issues in your physique is what can get you thru a protracted season.
“Having a chef and an individual who is aware of your physique rather well, coming into the league, I did not actually comprehend it was that severe … there’s actually a science to it and you bought to go the additional mile for your self.”
Looney undoubtedly has gone the additional mile since being that teenager craving hen tenders. He is now a three-time NBA champion and has developed right into a particular chief for this crew.
That, too, is partly due to Iguodala, who has served as Looney’s mentor for extra than simply his dietary wants.
“He’s been big. He’s been my vet and my mentor since I have been within the NBA,” Looney mentioned. “I discovered lead and discuss to the brand new guys coming in as a result of I discovered from him so I sort of simply share his information that he gave me with the brand new guys coming in. He’s been big in my profession.
“He’s instructing me be knowledgeable on and off the courtroom. Displaying me work. Displaying me be teammate. Going over the sport, I pleasure myself in having IQ and studying from him and studying how he sees the sport, what he thinks on protection and the angles he makes use of and the way he makes use of his palms. Simply all of the small issues that individuals don’t actually know that go into the sport of basketball, he is aware of and he’s been instructing it.”
And identical to along with his unhealthy consuming habits, Looney mentioned Iguodala will at all times hold it actual with him.
“He’ll discuss to anyone who will come up and pay attention,” Looney mentioned. “He’s not a kind of guys who will conceal the information. He’s open and he’ll inform you the reality as effectively. I do know once I come to him, he’s not simply going to sugarcoat it or simply misinform me as a result of I’m his good friend. He’s going to maintain it trustworthy. He’s going to inform me what I’m doing improper, what I’m doing good.
“And when you’ve got anyone like that in your nook, it’s wonderful.”