Suns news: Eric Bledsoe intimidating other dads supporting daughter in gymnastics
Eric Bledsoe is coming off his best season as a professional in his seven years in the league, but during the offseason, it’s been everything but basketball for him.
The Phoenix Suns point man is coming off a career-best 21.1 points and 6.3 assists per game in an otherwise not-so-memorable season, but has channeled his progress on the court to his off-the-court life.
Bledsoe has started to cut out meat from his diet, which started as a part of a recovery process for when he suffered an injury during the 2015-16 season, making sure his body was getting the best treatment while he was unable to move freely or work out.
The 6-foot-1 point man admitted having a taste for fast food and just how hard it was to leave it:
“(I used to eat) fried foods all the time,” Bledsoe told Rohan Nadkarni of Sports Illustrated’s The Crossover. “Cane’s. Burgers. In-N-Out. I couldn’t work out when I was injured. My body didn’t feel right. I cut out all that fast food. When I couldn’t work out I had to be eating better.”
Besides getting his diet in better shape, the Suns star also enjoys taking his daughter to gymnastic practice and admits to not shying away from intimidating other dads when supporting her:
“I definitely do [laughs]. But it’s all fun, it’s a fun sport for kids to learn and compete,” said Bledsoe. “And showing them to be careful. That’s the main thing, I just want to be there for her.”
“You have definitely have to toe that fine line and not push her too hard to compete, because she’s still a kid. At the same time, you still have to be a father and tell her it’s going to be all right when it doesn’t go her way. But you have to tell her she can’t quit and she has to keep fighting. You definitely have to draw that line.”
Bledsoe has made Phoenix his home and his tandem work with Devin Booker showed plenty of promise last season, one that is sure to evolve as his diet has over the span of the season.