Karl Malone and John Stockton have always been the gold standard of exceptional exercising and dieting when it comes to the front-court and back-court respectively. Their diet/exercise regimen was strongly correlated with lengthy careers with virtually no injuries and no missed playoff appearances. For example, Stockton missed 22 games in 19 seasons, playing every game in every season except 4 in 1990 and 18 in 1998 when he was 36-37 years old (BTW, he played until he was 41 in 2003, did not miss a game that season, made the playoffs every season of his career, and said he would have come back in 2004 had Malone not left the Jazz for the Lakers). As a Jazz, Malone missed eight (yes, 8 total) games from 1985-2003. Only eight missed games from the age of 22 to 39. These “Ironman” accomplishments are not spotlighted in the record-books, but they are just as impressive as many stats/facts we always hear about other HoFers.
Malone and Stockton really need to write a book about how they did it (obviously together) because every NBA player ought to want to know. I wish Tatum chatted with them instead of Kobe.