WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Sean Kilpatrick, a White Plains native who plays for the Brooklyn Nets, knew he had to change his body after talking to Kevin Durant.
Kilpatrick, who was born in Yonkers, recently opened The Juice Lab at 148A Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains. Kilpatrick, who starred at White Plains High School, said he decided to open The Juice Lab after he started eating healthy about a year ago.
"I used to always eat chicken tenders and fries," Kilpatrick said. "I went out with Kevin Durant and he said you can't just drink Coke and eat nuggets all your life."
Kilpatrick said he used to get tired following practices and after meeting with Durant and general manager Sean Marks, he did a 180 on his diet. Eating more fruits and vegetables and having smoothies and juices had a positive effect on his body and he wanted to bring that concept to his hometown.
With the encouragement of Marks and the Brooklyn Nets, Kilpatrick celebrated the grand opening of The Juice Lab last Saturday.
"We want to make it easier for people to come here and get what they need for their bodies," Kilpatrick said. "I want to help the community. I'm happy to be able to put a place like this in White Plains."
Kilpatrick said he has tried all the smoothies and find people love Monkey Juice- which has bananas, peanut butter, and nuts. Customers are also enjoying Westchester Rise, a juice with carrots, beets, and oranges.
"I have it constantly," Kilpatrick said. "It's good for your bloodstream."
The day-to-day operations are run by Kilpatrick's father, Sean Kilpatrick, Senior and Sean Brooks, Kilpatrick's friend since he was 12.
"Sean kept pushing me to do this," Kilpatrick said. "These are the people I trust. It's amazing when you have friends and family support what you're doing."
Kilpatrick said he hopes to eventually turn The Juice Lab into the chain and said he is committed to putting customers first.
"We're always going to be polite," Kilpatrick said. "It's our duty to make sure we love what we put out."
Being signed by the Nets in Feb. 2016 gave Kilpatrick the chance to play for his hometown team. Kilpatrick and Isiah Whitehead are the two New Yorkers who play for Brooklyn.
"To play for the team in our state is huge," Kilpatrick said. "We take a lot of pride in that. We take losses hard."
Last season, Kilpatrick averaged 13.1 points and four rebounds a game. At a game in February, he honored his former high school English teacher, Janet Warmbir, for pushing him to graduate.
In July, Kilpatrick was leaving practice when Spencer Mayfield, his high school coach, called to tell him his jersey was being retired at White Plains.
"When he told me that, it sent chills through my body," Kilpatrick said.
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