Draymond Green is the engine that powers the Golden State Warriors.
His versatility and defensive prowess make him a frustrating matchup for opponents and create endless opportunities for the Warriors uber-talented scoring trio of Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
Green has been on a tear during the playoffs so far. He’s currently averaging 14.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 2.6 blocks and 2.0 steals per game and shooting 50 percent from the field. One reason Green might be playing so well? This is the first postseason in which he’s had his own nutritionist and personal chef.
Green detailed how the two have changed his life in a recent UNINTERRUPTED video:
“This is the first year I hired an actual nutritionist, [she’s] named Ashley,” Green says in the video. “It’s been amazing. I also hired a chef, and he’s been incredible. I feel like that’s completely taken me to a different level. Until having them this year, I didn’t notice how bad I felt [in] years prior to this. Until you actually go through something or experience something, you just don’t know. My body started to change. I started to feel better. It was like, ‘Man, I never knew I was feeling that sh*tty [in the past].’”
Green’s nutritionist and private chef communicate frequently, making sure that Green eats exactly what he needs at the right times.
One specific advantage Green’s nutritionist and private chef have already given him? They increased his red meat consumption ahead of the Warriors’ playoff series against the Utah Jazz. Salt Lake City is 4,266 feet above sea level, and the high altitude can make it difficult to breathe. Red meat is a rich source of vitamin B6, which aids the formation of red blood cells. The more red blood cells a body has, the better its ability to adjust to altitude.
The strategy paid off, as Green was dominant during the Warriors’ sweep of the Jazz.
Early in his career, Green believed he could get away with eating junk food as long as he fueled up right on game day. He’s since learned that strategy doesn’t work when you’re trying to be an elite athlete.
“We tend to think ‘Oh, man, if I do everything right on game day, I’ll be fine.’ But we’re playing basketball, we’re running up and down a basketball court. Performance is important. Some jobs, you can completely bullsh*t the day before and you’ll be just fine when you go to work tomorrow. That isn’t always the case with our job,” Green says.