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John Salley wants to improve the Pistons’ eating habits

I read a few notes on Twitter the other night from people covering Saturday’s game who suggested that John Salley was looking for a job with the Pistons. I thought they were jokes, but apparently, he has a very specific role in mind. From Terry Foster of the Detroit News:

He’s even got his job title — Player Development, Strength and Conditioning Assistant.

He sees the injuries and all the mental breakdowns of the Pistons players and coaches, and believes he can solve some of the problems. Salley lives a vegan lifestyle and recently did a video on reversing diabetes.

Salley’s long been an advocate of veganism and healthier diets. I’ve always been interested to know how much NBA teams try and impose healthy eating habits on their players. My guess is there’s little they can do to motivate athletes who aren’t already self-motivated to eat healthy. It would be interesting to see Salley in a role like that though. He’s certainly passionate about it.


  • Mar 28, 20115:37 pm
    by Scott86Free


    I hope he isn’t trying to convert all the pistons into Vegans because I don’t think they will take that well.

    • Mar 29, 20119:29 am
      by Patrick Hayes


      I don’t think Salley is necessarily advocating that. He’s a vegan himself, but the biggest thing he promotes is eating natural, organic foods.

  • Mar 28, 20116:18 pm
    by Jeremy


    I heard Spider speak for about 15 or 20 minutes at VegFest last Sunday. I wish I had gotten to hear more but he seemed passionate and knowledgeable. I think it would really be beneficial if he were hired by the Pistons in this capacity.
    Personally I believe it’s more difficult to get a healthy diet as a vegan than a meat-eater (I’m a vegetarian), but eating actual food, as opposed to food products, is the way to go if you want to live a healthy life. Of course, most people, vegan, vegetarian or meat-eater, don’t eat real food very often. If Salley were to help some of the Pistons improve their diet, meat and dairy or otherwise, I think it would be a clear benefit. At least Rodney Stuckey and Austin Daye should be open to it, right?

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