How Andre Iguodala's scolding helped Kevin Looney change his poor diet

How Andre Iguodala’s scolding helped Kevin Looney change his poor diet

When Andre Iguodala gives advice, the wise thing is to listen.

Warriors center Kevin Looney learned that hard way early in his NBA career regarding his diet and the types of food he ate.

“Yeah, on day one, I don’t think he said ‘hello,'” Looney told the NBC Sports Bay Area’s Monty Ball in September. ‘He stopped and looked at the plate of food I was eating. In my first year I didn’t try to listen much, [I was] Like, “Man, go on, I’ve been eating like this my whole life and I’m here.”

“But after a season, I knew he was right and I needed to listen to him on everything.”

Looney was drafted to 30th in the 2015 NBA Draft when he was a 19-year-old with college student eating habits. He said he continued to eat fried foods and even at team dinners, he would pass “fancy steaks” for chicken tenders.

However, 31-year-old Iguodala did not have it.

“He’s like, ‘Man, you’re going to have to grow up at some point,'” Looney remembered. “One day I had some apple juice and he told me how many grams of sugar and I’m like, ‘Brother, it’s apple juice, everyone drinks apple juice.'”

“But he was right.”

Now, entering its seventh year in the league, this teen diet is a way of the past. The 27-year-old now has a personal chef and has spoken about the importance of a healthy diet.

“It means a lot to me,” Looney said. “Our body is how we make our money, so being healthy is the key to a long career and that’s what you want to do: play as long as possible.” “Make as much money as possible for your family. Putting the right things into your body is what can go through a long season.

“Having a chef and someone who knows your body so well, getting into the league, I didn’t really know it was that serious…there’s really a science to that and you have to put in the extra effort for yourself.”

Looney has definitely gone the extra mile since he was that teen craving chicken tenders. He’s now a three-time NBA champion and has developed into a special captain for this team.

Thanks in part to Iguodala, who has served as a color guru for more than just his nutritional needs.

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“He was huge,” Looney said. “He’s been my vet and my mentor since I was in the NBA.” “I learned how to lead and talk to the new coming guys because I learned from him, so I share the knowledge he gave me with the new guys coming in. He has been a big one in my career.

“He teaches me how to be a professional on and off the field. He shows me how to work. He shows me how to be a good teammate. As the game goes on, I pride myself on having a good IQ and learning from him and learning how he sees the game, what he thinks of defense and the angles he uses and how He uses his hands. Only all the little things that people don’t really know go into the game of basketball, he knows and teaches.”

And just as with his poor eating habits, Lonnie said Iguodala will always keep it with him.

“He’ll talk to anyone who comes and listens,” Lonnie said. “He’s not one of those people who will hide knowledge. He’s open and he’ll tell you the truth too. I know when I come to him, he won’t just cover him up or lie to me just because I’m his friend, he’ll keep his honesty, and he’ll tell me what I’m doing wrong, and what I’m doing well.”

“And when you have someone like that in your corner, it’s amazing.”

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