Paul, now 34, talked to Mens Health about his plant-based diet and how it affects him:
“I chose a plant-based life. So far, so good,” Chris Paul said. “Not easy. But for me it’s working.
“I started plant-based in June. I went cold turkey. I tell you: I was itching. I thought I needed a chicken wing or something. But somehow I made it through. I had the opportunity to executive produce a move/documentary called Game Changers, which talks about plant-based diets and how it helps athletes.
“For me, being as competitive as I am, I looked at this and I was like: hold up, let me try this out. And I tried it, and the first thing that changes when you go plant based—and it might be too much information—is going to the rest room. It becomes … a lot faster. A whole lot faster.
“I do feel really good right now. I think the biggest change for me is the aches and pains of the season. I started working out and training and I got to Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and I thought, am I not lifting hard enough? Am I not training hard enough? Why am I not achy? I ain’t trying to say you have to stay with it, but give it a try.”
Paul is averaging 16.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists for the Thunder this season. He’s shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 89.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Paul is making $38,506,482 this season, $41,358,814 in 2020-21 and has a player option worth $44,211,146 for the 2021-22 season. Paul and the Thunder likely won’t agree to a buyout, as he would have to give up a lot of money.
The Thunder are 23-17 on the season. They are in seventh place in the Western Conference standings. The Thunder are looking to shock the NBA this season by making the playoffs in the rugged West after losing Paul George and Russell Westbrook in the same offseason.