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LZ Granderson: In the NBA, fake-meat diets are changing the game

This is not the All-Star break Magic Johnson and LeBron James envisioned when the game's best player announced he was joining the Lakers in July.

Still, there are some bright spots to this disappointing season, and high among them has to be the play of JaVale McGee. The last four seasons, the onetime Shaquille O'Neal punching bag has gone from being a joke, to a bit player on two championship teams, to a fairly important piece in the Lakers' fleeting postseason hopes.

Though it's not unusual for an athlete to have a late-career surge, the reason for McGee's is: his began when he gave up meat.

"I was in Dallas and I had gained weight and knew becoming a vegetarian was the quickest way to lose it," he

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