Chris Paul surprised fans last week after uncovering everything in a nude photo shoot for ESPN magazine, but the NBA star admitted that he was not interested in posing for the issue when he was first approached.
The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard was one of the many athletes who had stripped their cameras for ESPN's annual September body issue that ended up in the kiosk last Wednesday.
Paul, 34, pondered how joining a plant-based diet improved his health and physique and showed off his incredibly toned body while posing naked on the field.
But in an interview with DailyMailTV, the nine-fold NBA All-Star revealed that he was reluctant to participate in the & # 39; nerve-racking & # 39; shoot and was even forced by his wife.
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Stripping: Chris Paul bared everything for ESPN & # 39; s annual September body issue last week
Support: speaking at the premiere of documentary The Game Changers last Tuesday, Paul, 34, admitted that he hesitated to pose naked, but was forced by his wife Jada (photo)
The ball player attended the premiere of The Game Changers last Tuesday, along with his wife Jada Crawley, who grinned when asked about the risque photos.
& # 39; Do you know why she is smiling? Because it was actually her idea, & Paul said.
& # 39; When I got the chance to do it, I thought, "Man, no. I don't do that." And she said, "No, that's you. You're going to do it." & # 39;
Looking back, Paul acknowledged that it was an & # 39; eye-opening & # 39; experience that took him out of his comfort zone: he had to play ball in nothing but his birthday suit.
& # 39; It has definitely put me in a situation I have never been to. I'm so excited I did it because I mean, it's one life, & # 39; he added.
& # 39; It was nerve-racking during the shoot.
& # 39; You are absolutely naked. I have played a lot of basketball in my life, but that was the first time I was without clothes, & he joked.
As for his seven-year-old wife, she said it & # 39; fun & # 39; was to see her husband transform his body and get into shape.
Paul, originally from North Carolina, said the switch to a vegan diet after years of enjoying & # 39; southern homemade food and fried chicken & # 39; has drastically changed his life.
The change in lifestyle was so beneficial that he said he even wanted to keep his new regime to himself.
& # 39; I always say. When discovering this gem, I hardly wanted to tell anyone more about it. It is really a game changer. & # 39;
Everything bared: looking back, Paul acknowledged that it was an & # 39; eye-opening & # 39; experience that took him out of his comfort zone – having to play ball in nothing but his birthday suit
Behind the scenes: Paul described the shoot as & # 39; nerve-racking & # 39; but admits that he is excited that he continued
In the matter, Paul, here with teammate James Harden, reflected on how joining a plant-based diet improved his health and physique and showed his incredibly toned frame while posing naked on the field
Paul raised some eyebrows last week after uploading the revealing photos on his Instagram, with the results of his new diet.
& # 39; Man listen! It seems counterintuitive to think that you will feel better in your body as you get older, but that is EXACTLY the path I am on !! 34, recently become vegetable and feels damn good! Stay disciplined and take care of yourself, it all starts here, & he said in a caption.
The photos received positive feedback from fans and some jokes from fellow NBA players.
& # 39; I'm glad you feel like a good childhood, but put on some damn cloths (sic), & # 39; said former Celtics player Chauncey Billups.
& # 39; How should I eat my jello after seeing this? & # 39; Nets player Deandre Jordan added.
Paul walked the red carpet for the premiere of documentary The Game Changers, which explores the emergence of vegetable food among athletes and the world of professional sports.
The new film, executive produced by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Oscar-winning friend James Cameron and action icon Jackie Chan, includes some of the strongest, fastest and most difficult athletes on the planet – and it is also supported by them – with additional EP & # 39; s including Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton and top tennis player Novak Djokovic.
The documentary, which will be released on September 16, follows the story of James Wilks, elite Special Forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter, as he travels the world in search of the truth about meat, protein and power
Wilks and his wife Alicia (left) attended the premiere in Hollywood as well as NBA star JaVale McGee (right)
Directed by Oscar winner Louie Psihoyos, follows the story of James Wilks, elite Special Forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter, while traveling the world in search of the truth about meat, protein and power.
Presentation of top athletes, special ops soldiers and visionary scientists. Wilks' journey reveals outdated myths about food that affect not only human performance but also the health of the entire world population.
Psihoyos said he thinks the film will have an impact on meat lovers.
& # 39; We have the data to refute that animal products are good for you. When you eat animal products constantly, your body is in a constant state of inflammation. Your boy always tries to keep up and wants to heal himself, & he said.
Psihoyos even revealed that in the film he changed the life of a team of 30 firefighters who participated in an experiment.
He says that while they are & # 39; some of the most unhealthy people in the world, they may look physically fit, but they eat the same worthless food for animal products & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We gave them a Whole Foods vegetable diet for a week. The average weight loss was six pounds, the average fall in cholesterol was 22 points and all their blood pressure also dropped.
The film will be released on September 16, 2019. For more information, see https://gamechangersmovie.com.
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