Sports | April 20, 2018 1:56 pm

So What Does An NBA Star Like Blake Griffin Actually Eat?

The Pistons All-Star talks pancakes, eggs, and his suspicion of microwaves.

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Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons brings the ball down the court during the fourth quarter of the game against the LA Clippers. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Blake Griffin didn’t think he would be leaving Los Angeles just six months after signing a long-term deal with the franchise that he helped change from NBA laughingstock to Lob City. But even though the 2017-18 season started with a pitch-meeting preview of his jersey going up to the Staples Center rafters, Griffin was booted off the Clippers roster and over to Detroit. He was out of the NBA playoffs for the first time since his rookie year. GQ sat down with the All-Star, whose pairing with double-double machine Andrew Drummond has left basketball fans in Detroit feeling optimistic for the first time in years, to talk about how his diet has evolved over his career — and why he is never going to touch a microwave again.

The biggest thing Griffin has learned is to give yourself variety. He has tried many types of diets and has had both sensitivity testing and blood work done. He found through all this that his body responds better to variety, so he has learned to get creative with his meals. He is also very conscious of what he eats while he is rehabbing from injuries — he’s suffered from a few throughout his career — and makes sure he avoids anything that causes inflammation. He avoids gluten and daily, and everything he eats is clean and organic. And fun fact: Griffin stays away from the microwave in general because it doesn’t seem “like the right way to go about treating your food.” He also stopped eating eggs as frequently — down to once a week instead of every morning. A favorite cheat of his? Chicken parm.