It won't surprise you to hear that most athletes - including NBA players - are doing all they can to keep their bodies in peak condition. And that doesn't just mean exercise - a big part of that involves diet. One NBA star - Rajon Rondo - appears to have a new formula for success during and after games.
The Ringer's Paolo Uggetti did a piece on Rondo on Friday, explaining how the New Orleans Pelicans star turned his season around after starting to drink a milkshake introduced by trainer Mike Guevara. The milkshake features 12 ingredients, and Rondo drinks one quarter of it during halftime of games - and the rest after.
Rondo was open to the idea after suffering from a few "physical ailments" during the season.
The two connected quickly, and Guevara laid out his concerns. Inflammatory foods like butter, cream, white bread, refined sugar, and red meat had to go in order to help the body heal. Coconut oil, coconut cream, complex carbohydrates, and protein in every form had to be worked in. Miller had already been using healthier alternatives, so he was up for the challenge and familiar with excising inflammatory foods from a diet.
Apparently, the drink worked. Rondo stayed healthy, played more and was more effective on the floor after the start of February.
Guevara says it’s difficult to know to what extent this diet adjustment helped, but Rondo remained healthy through the second half of the regular season, playing 4.9 more minutes per game after the start of February, including 3.3 more minutes in the second halves of games. His net rating received a similar boost, going from a minus-5.5 over the first four months of the season to a plus-6.7 from February through April.
You can check out the entire piece over at The Ringer. It's worth a read.