Wilson Chandler, the Denver Nuggets forward, is the latest athlete to give up meat and dairy products. But unlike several others, Chandler turned vegan for the sake of a girl.
Recently, Chandler revealed on Twitter that he transitioned into a vegan after becoming a pescatarian, a person who does not eat meat but does eat fish.
During an interview with BSN Denver, Chandler explained his metamorphosis. “At first it was an ‘I want to try something different type of thing’ and then I met this girl. I wouldn’t call her a nutritionist, but she’s got some spiritual vibes, I guess.
“And we just started talking about things like health and spirituality and diseases and different herbalists and all different types of things. Once I learned more about it, it was easy to do,” said Chandler, who was shipped to the Nuggets in 2011 as part of the blockbuster trade which sent Carmelo Anthony to New York.
Went vegan and haven't looked back since. Spirit diet.
— Wilson Chandler (@wilsonchandler) August 8, 2016
Wilson Chandler excited about Nurkic-Jokic
Chandler, who averaged 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds last season, is optimistic about the Nuggets’ chances in the new season especially due to the international frontcourt of Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone experimented with the pairing during the final stages of the previous season. “When they put Nurkic and Jokic in, just from a feel of it on the outside looking in, I felt like down the line maybe this year and going forward that’s a great possibility, that’s a great lineup.
“I think it’s a good strength for our team though, If you have a bigger team you can play those guys, but if you’re getting killed you can go smaller with Gallo (Gallinari) at the four, throw me at the four, we can try and catch up that type of way but I think that’s a great strength we have. We can mix it up a lot,” said Chandler, who was drafted No.23 overall by the Knicks in 2007.
Wilson Chandler joins the likes of Carl Lewis, Scott Jurek, Mike Tyson and Patrick Neshek as other popular vegan athletes. Though Lewis and Tyson weren’t vegan when they competed!