With the NBA players and owners finally agreeing that playing basketball and selling loads of tickets this year might actually be a good idea, we tracked down one star who flies in the face of any stereotype about selfish ballers: Blake Griffin. The hard-working Los Angeles Clippers power forward, who’s never met a loose ball he couldn’t chase—or a dunk he couldn’t fiercely finish—pretty much did it all last season: Rookie of the Year, All-Star, Slam Dunk Champ, Kia spokesperson. But before he attempts to lead the Clips to the playoffs in a shortened season, he gave Made Man his advice on fitness, hoops and life.
MM: What’s your drink of choice after a tough day?
BG: After a tough game, I really like coconut water. It’s really good for rehydrating, kind of like a natural Gatorade. No alcohol. I’m not really big on any of that.
MM: What style or fitness thing can a guy do to feel great all day?
BG: Be active first thing in the morning. If you like to get out there and run, go run. If you like to surf, go surf. Just don’t sit home. And try to eat right. I mean, it’s OK to cheat every now and then, but there’s always healthy options—you can always find something good to eat.
MM: If a guy can’t dunk, what can he do on the court that everyone will remember?
BG: Win championships! But if you can’t do that, hmm, maybe a full-court shot or something…
MM: What can basketball teach guys about being better men?
BG: For us as players, it’s about winning and losing, because that’s our job. And yeah, it’s about winning for sure. But being a good sport—treating people well, learning how to not be a sore loser—all these things are important to realize early on in life.
MM: When you’re tired, what do you do to pick yourself up?
BG: I take a nap! A little power nap gets me going for the rest of the day.
MM: Any parting words of wisdom?
BG: Be yourself, man. And don’t worry about what everybody else is doing. Just be true to yourself. This is just so important.