NBA Star Kevon Looney Catches the BJJ Bug
Love (i.e. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) and Basketball...
We’ve spotted another big-name athlete taking part in the BJJ movement, and this time the name comes to us from the NBA. Kevon Looney, the 6’9 220 lb. power forward from the Golden State Warriors, has recently confessed his love for BJJ.
The two-time NBA champ has had a challenging past due to some major hip troubles, that started when he arrived at UCLA to begin his career as a college basketball player. Looney has been able to battle his way back to health after undergoing multiple surgeries to improve his condition, and rise to the top of Warriors fold, helping them to secure their most recent world titles.
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In an interview with The San Francisco Chronicle Looney states, “Doing the same workouts can get boring, so I found jiu-jitsu and got pretty addicted to it,” Says Looney. “Without it, I don’t think I’d be feeling as good as I am right now. I feel great.”
Looney apparently has become obsessed with combat sports, in particular BJJ. He’s apparently made it a more solid part of his daily conditioning, training at Beverly Hills Jiu-Jitsu Club on a fairly regular basis. Looney allegedly will be taking a break from BJJ for the rest of the NBA season, because he feels he’s not left with enough energy to remain focused on his career as a basketball player while also getting his BJJ work in. We’ll see if he can last without BJJ for an entire season of basketball now that he’s been bitten. Good luck staying away Kevin Looney!