You get to do a lot of cool things when you're an intern with MF. Back in the day when I interned, I took a pilates class, got my ass kicked, and wrote about it. See? Fun! But since then, we've been trying to get our interns into cooler events. One of our interns, Dean Stattmann, had a chance to sit down with the probably #1 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, former Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin. They met up at a Subway restaurant in NYC today to talk more than turkey.
MF: So, how are you?
BG: Busy, man. So busy.
MF: Has it all sunk in yet? What's going through your mind?
BG: To be honest I've been so busy that I haven't even stopped to think about it. It's just been a whirlwind, but it's been a lot of fun. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me.
MF: How have you been working out to get your body NBA-ready?
BG: For weeks, months actually, I've been doing a lot of outdoors stuff. Working out in the sand, doing push-ups, pull-ups and a lot of core stuff. And now I've started hitting the weight room a little more.
MF: What have you been doing in the weight room?
BG: I do a lot of core and a lot of stuff on the Swiss ball, like using dumbbells and benching on there. I've really been trying to work on my back and my core for the most part. But I still do stuff for arms and legs and all that. Light weights though. I don't try to kill my legs, especially now.
MF: How have your workouts changed since you got selected for the draft?
BG: Now it's basically my job to work out. I definitely work out a lot harder and a lot longer each day. But I try to be smart about it and not overdo it at the same time.
MF: How often do you work out?
BG: Five days a week, at least.
MF: And are you throwing some cardio into the mix?
BG: Yeah, I mean a lot of my cardio comes from the core stuff. But I also use the Stairmaster and a treadmill. I like to do a lot of swimming for cardio. It's actually one of my favorite workouts.
MF: How often do you swim?
BG: As often as I can. As often as I can get into a pool, so two or three times a week.
MF: Do you have a trainer?
BG: No this is just by myself.
MF: Do you think you'll get one in the future, or just keep doing your own thing?
BG: Actually, in college I majored in pre-health and exercise science. My thing was that when I'm done playing basketball I want to be able to help guys with weight room workouts, diet and all that stuff.
MF: What kind of diet do you maintain to stay fit?
BG: I don't eat red meat. I eat a lot of chicken, a lot of fish, fruits and vegetables.
MF: And Subway?
BG: A lot of Subway.
MF: How has the support been so far?
BW: It's been great. I mean my brother is going through the same thing right now, working out all the time and trying to make it, just like I am. It's good that we got in together and it's been a joy for my parents to be able to watch their boys work out and try to accomplish their goals.
MF: How are you preparing mentally for the jump into the NBA?
BG: Just staying focused and understanding why I am where I am. My job is basketball now. That is my main focus and that's what I need to be concentrating on.
The NBA Draft airs live on ESPN this Thursday, June 25th, at 7:00 PM. ' .