During both the off-season and their time on the court, NBA players are looking for the best way to get their bodies in top shape while maintaining energy and performance at optimal levels. More and more professional tough guys are realizing that choosing vegan is the way to go. And animals are winning because of it. Here are five players who have recently ditched meat and dairy “products”—and are therefore on the road to peak physical performance:
This Brooklyn Nets star (who was crowned one of PETA’s Most Beautiful Vegans of 2019!) is thrilled by what going vegan has done for his body and stamina.
Congrats to @KyrieIrving for winning PETA’s 2019 Most Beautiful Vegan!
The Olympic gold medalist & NBA @celtics superstar attributes his killer performance on the court to being #vegan! 🏀
Click to see the other winner of PETA’s #MostBeautifulVegan 👀💚https://t.co/hoGVeMBWAS pic.twitter.com/AjNQZINNOf
— PETA (@peta) June 25, 2019
The nine-time NBA All-Star is a Beyond Meat ambassador and told the Houston Chronicle that he gave up eating animals in the summer of 2019.
I tell my son that my job is to fight for progress and to look out for the next generation. This starts with taking care of myself so I have the fuel to push harder. What I put in my body matters now, more than ever. #GoBeyond @BeyondMeat pic.twitter.com/lVlGA2Eszd
— Chris Paul (@CP3) April 9, 2019
Swiss-born Turkish center Enes Kanter used his downtime in the 2020 NBA bubble to learn about factory farming. Once he saw the devastating impact that the meat, egg, and dairy industries have on animals, the environment, and their workers, he knew that going vegan was the only option.
The Brooklyn Nets forward, who played credits his plant-based eating with improving his overall quality of life.
#latestvegannews #vegan NBA Athlete Wilson Chandler: 'Eating Vegan Has Changed My Everyday Living' https://t.co/1k0kMyiT8w
— Plant Based News (@PlantBasedNews) October 12, 2017
There must be something in the New York City water, because Jordan is yet another Brooklyn Nets player living his best vegan life. The 6-foot, 11-inch center
is also a Beyond Meat investor and attended the premiere of the vegan documentary The Game Changers.
Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee lost 20 pounds after going vegan and became more agile on the court, thanks to his compassionate, healthy lifestyle.
JaVale McGee’s going vegan, so Nick Young joined him for a meal.
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— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 29, 2017
Filling your plate with meat, milk, cheese, yogurt, and eggs could be a recipe for heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes, and even impotence. Leading health experts agree that going vegan is the single best thing that we can do for ourselves and our families—not to mention animals and the environment.
Healthy vegan lifestyles support good health and provide protection against numerous diseases, including some of our country’s biggest killers: heart disease, cancer, and strokes.
Do these pro ballers have you inspired?