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John Wall cut ketchup, mustard and pickles out of his diet

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John Wall’s upcoming naked appearance in the ESPN The Magazine “Body Issue” comes with an interview, and a few snippets from the conversation have been released online ahead of time. Here are a few of my favorite sentences. You can read the rest here.

On what he likes about his body:

“I think my best feature are my abs. They’re cut up. Last year, when I was injured, I got overweight and I didn’t like myself because I had a big belly, and that’s not what I want to be.”

[See: “Evaluating John Wall’s torso."]

On how his diet has changed:

“It’s changed a lot since my first year in the NBA. I used to eat fast food and burgers and stuff like that. I didn’t put on weight during the season, but after the season was over, I could feel it coming. Now I eat salads, fruit, salmon, healthy things. I don’t eat fast food anymore. And I don’t eat ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles. I don’t like sausage. I’m a different breed.”

[A guy who flip flops on his condiment habits does not deserve a max contract. Never trust a guy who doesn’t eat pickles.]

On injuries:

“Last year, I almost broke my kneecap. I have no idea what happened. I was working out, lifting weights, doing my on-court stuff, and all of a sudden my knee started hurting. I got it checked, and the doctor told me my kneecap was breaking in half and if I kept playing, I would miss the whole year. I was devastated.”

[I’ve heard that a mustard deficiency can lead to knee caps breaking in half.]

On what about his body would surprise us:

“I just got my first tattoos about a month ago. I got my back and my whole stomach and a piece on my chest. It took a long time. The one on my chest says Mama’s Boy, with a rose and my mom’s name. That’s the one she likes most. The one on my back says The Great Wall. That was my nickname when I was the No. 1 player in the country. This is the first opportunity for everyone to see them.”

[Offering a photo of his naked, tattooed torso to more than a million combined Instagram and Twitter followers kind of ruined that “surprise."]



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Dan Steinberg · June 26, 2013

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