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Six Odd Ways Food Has Shaped The Modern NBA

“I’m always looking for a good story and am always looking for a way to build connections with readers and athletes. The culinary world and food, it’s one of the few things that makes us all human,” shared ESPN Senior NBA Writer, Baxter Holmes, on a recent visit to Foodbeast’s The Katchup podcast.

Holmes has been the writer behind some of the most intriguing stories in the NBA that just so happen to be food-related, uncovering fascinating anecdotes the likes of the NBA’s obsession with peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and even how San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich used extravagant dinners to build the team’s enviable camaraderie.

A hot-button discussion that strikes a chord with foodies and basketball fans alike, the following are a quick rundown of some of these compelling NBA food tales as told by Baxter Holmes.

 

KOBE’S BONE BROTH

According to Holmes, the very first food-related NBA story he wrote was on Kobe Bryant’s special bone broth that he would have before games in the latter stages of his legendary career. “I remember talking to [the Lakers’] strength and conditioning coach about everything it takes to get Kobe up and running, because he was older in his career and had a lot of injuries.” That coach mentioned that they made sure the Black Mamba got his soup of specially made bone broth before games, since the collagen in it was optimal for joint health. “They would contact hotels ahead of time to make sure hey had all the right ingredients, and [Kobe] liked it in different ways.” Father Time stays undefeated, folks.

 

DWIGHT HOWARD’S SUGAR ADDICTION

“He was consuming so much sugar everyday. His hands were tingling because of it and he was having a hard time catching a ball.” In 2013, Dwight Howard was dealing with a serious addiction to sugar, as Holmes revealed in one story that the big man was consuming 24 chocolate bars’ worth of sugar every day — for more than a decade. It all came to a freighting head when Howard started experiencing pre-diabetic symptoms, which thankfully was a wake up call to change his diet immediately.

 

THE LEAGUE’S ODD OBSESSION WITH PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY SANDWICHES

“I would see peanut butter & jelly sandwiches in every locker room before games and I would see them in training facilities.” This James Beard-Award winning Holmes article was a fascinating glimpse into the NBA’s secret addiction to the classic and humble sandwich. Why? Well, simply put, it’s comfort food. No hidden benefits to recovery, no special potency to aid in performance — all they wanted was a soothing memory from childhood. Kevin Garnett had to have strawberry jelly, while Damian Lillard preferred his toasted.

 

EXTRAVAGANT TEAM DINNERS THE KEY TO SAN ANTONIO SPURS’ SUCCESS

“He’s been into wine and food for a long time, like 50 years. And he’s been doing this with the Spurs for like 20 years.” One of Holmes’ more recent stories was an extensive revelation on how San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, with the help of his extensive knowledge of wine and food, used extravagant, Michelin-star caliber wining and dining to build camaraderie within the organization. The close-knit team culture created as a result of these dinners has translated to multiple championships and an organization-wide togetherness that’s become the envy of the entire sports world, and not just the NBA exclusively. Holmes explains, “The amount of people who were involved with the Spurs, still involved with the Spurs, they described these experiences as the backbone of the camaraderie that you would see on the court.”

 

STEVE KERR USED CHARCUTERIE BOARD TO HELP REVOLUTIONIZE BASKETBALL

“Using cranberries and Marcona almonds, Kerr was like ‘Here’s how we want to function.'” When Steve Kerr first came on board as the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, he envisioned a potent offense, but hadn’t really constructed and schemed it out yet. At an airport bar, a bartender asked the new coach how the offense would run. Kerr, working with what was immediately available to him, used elements of the charcuterie board he had ordered to illustrate how players would function within his system. Four years and three championships later, the Golden State Warriors have cemented the capability of their high-octane offense predicated on ball and player movement and three-pointers galore — all of which have shaped how the modern NBA game is played today.

 

THE PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS COMBAT THEIR BRUTAL TRAVEL SCHEDULE BY BEING COFFEE SNOBS

I think it’s safe to say that the Portland Trailblazers are coffee snobs. Nevermind the Portlandian factor, but the team’s penchant for quality coffee was documented by Holmes as a way to keep the players fresh and alert. We’re talking the team’s training and performance staff grinding beans and brewing fancy French press coffee right before the start of the game. And with the Blazers having to travel more miles over the course of a season than any other team in American professional sports, it’s understandable that their sports performance specialists become baristas right before tip-off. “They’re traveling 250 miles a day. Imagine if every single day you flew from New York to Pittsburgh — for eight months,” illustrated Holmes.

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Fast Food News

We All Win Free Taco Bell If An Away Team Steals A Win From Home Team In The NBA Finals

The NBA playoffs have been nothing short of dramatic this year — per the usual. Teams’ journeys to the NBA Finals all provide for unique storylines and melodrama (can be confused with Melo’s drama of still being team-less), culminating in some must-watch TV. But for a fourth year in a row, Taco Bell is joining in on the NBA Finals action by uniting sports and non-sports fans alike to cheer on something that they all can get behind: free tacos.

With Taco Bell’s “STEAL A GAME, STEAL A TACO” promo, everyone in America wins, regardless of your team affiliation. That’s because if the road team ‘steals’ a win from the home team, then that means free tacos for everyone. And we’re not talking about just any regular taco, as Taco Bell’s self-dubbed G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Tacos), the Doritos Locos Taco, will be given away for free.

As of this writing, it’s only the Golden State Warriors that have made it to the NBA Finals, with the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks still going at it for their chance to make it to their first finals appearance in their respective franchises histories. But regardless of the finals matchup, we can all root for the away team to steal a W on the home team’s court all for the sake of free Doritos Locos Tacos.

Who: Taco Bell

What: Free Doritos Locos Tacos if the away team steals a win from the home team.

When: The 2019 NBA Finals start Thursday, May 30 and could run through a possible Game 7 on June 16. The first game the road team wins will automatically win everyone in America a free Doritos® Locos Taco on Tuesday, June 18 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (local time).

Where: All participating US Taco Bell stores. Fans that are registered on Taco Bell’s website or app have the new opportunity to redeem their free Doritos® Locos Taco online or via mobile (all day).

Why: Because free tacos is a big fat W for everyone.

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These New Exclusive Sneakers Are Perfect For The Sushi Obsessed

Rap legend Bun B is a man of many interests. From being a hip-hop legend and copping the freshest sneakers to his hometown of Houston and delicious food, he really does it all. So, it’s no surprise that he’s combined his loves for his latest collabo — sushi-inspired sneakers.

Bun and his partner Premium Pete, the creators of the food community YouGottaEatThis.com, have teamed with Ewing Athletics to create the EWING 33 HI x YouGottaEatThis! (Sushi).

The shoes’ upper sports a salmon suede along with an embossed You Gotta Eat This logo tongue. The strap tab is inspired by wooden chopsticks while the green wasabi sock liner sits on a white rice inspired outsole.

The kicks, priced at $140, were launched in limited release this past Sunday (Dec. 2) at Houston’s Htown Sneaker Summit. Next month, the sneakers will be released via select stores or online at ewingathletics.com.

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Apparently Lil Dicky And Kanye Casually Eat Denny’s After Playing Basketball

Real “Dickheads” know that Lil Dicky can mop the floor with people on the basketball court, often bringing up his “several rec league MVPs.” Well, apparently he also plays pickup ball with none other than Kanye West, leading them to a random Denny’s meal.

In an interview with Foodbeast, Young Dick revealed that he’s been playing pickup basketball with West about three times a week, and as friends often do after playing ball, the two made their way to Denny’s for a postgame meal.

“I think we both got the All American Slam, and he got extra cheese on his eggs,” Lil Dicky said. “It was awesome. I’m a huge Kanye fan, and a huge Denny’s fan.”

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While Lil Dicky said he didn’t want to go overboard on his meal, he mentioned that Kanye went balls out and ordered a strawberry milkshake with his breakfast plate.

“I don’t like mixing business with pleasure like that,” Lil Dicky said about skipping the milkshake himself. “I was just trying to get the protein in.”

It might sound like a weird combination to have Lil Dicky and Kanye West just casually playing basketball and strolling to a Denny’s, but you might remember that Ninja of Die Antwoord once had an awkward basketball and banana pudding filled day with Kanye. Well, the basketball and banana pudding wasn’t awkward until Kanye started playing anal porn on the TV. Ninja also detailed that they were playing against Drake that day, as well.

It’s safe to say that Kanye loves playing basketball with other rappers, and if that’s the case, Lil Dicky and his love of basketball make him a perfect running mate.

As far as Kanye’s skills on the court, Dicky playfully said, “He’s good, but I’m just a little bit better.”

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Lil Dicky has been busy of late, releasing music videos for his “Professional Rapper” album, performing his energetic hip hop hits at music festivals, and trying his best to stop people from dabbing.

His latest endeavor into the food and drink world has him teaming up with Drizly and Mike’s Hard Lemonade, as they plan to throw a house party for fans with Lil Dicky himself hosting.

The “Save Dat Money” rapper has been keeping busy to say the least, but one can never be too busy to ball up with Kanye or indulge in some classic Denny’s meals.

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Shaq Loved Krispy Kreme So Much, He Bought His Own Franchise

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We all know Shaq loves his donuts. The basketball legend has made his affection for the fried breakfast cakes quite clear over the years.

Krispy Kreme just announced that the star of Kazaam and former Laker has become an owner of the the brand’s downtown Atlanta location. The 60-year-old location can be found on Ponce de Leon Avenue in the Georgia city.

Here’s what he had to say about the purchase:

Krispy Kreme prides itself on spreading joy and supporting local communities, and that’s a cause that I am thrilled to be a part of. Our goal is to help people find their happy place, and what better way than with a box of delicious Krispy Kreme doughnuts.”

If you’re still not buying Shaq’s love for donuts, take a quick peek at this sensual video of him enjoying some Krispy Kreme glazed.

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In-N-Out Is PISSED At This Model And Here’s Kobe’s Favorite Food [THE KATCHUP]

Here we are, another episode of the FOODBEAST Katchup. If you missed out on all the food news this week, fear not. This series catches you up on all the top stories in the wide world of food.

This week, we find out what former Kobe Bryant’s favorite dish of all time is. A Vietnamese restaurant created a Pho-inspired Banh Mi French Dip that’s insanely good. This bakery in North Carolina created a blunt-shaped donut just for Snoop Dogg.

Diners were horrified when the dead eel they were grilling up came to life at the dinner table. Finally, In-N-Out Burger is pissed after they saw this model wasting perfectly good milkshakes on her boobs.

Check out the Katchup!

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This Is The One Dish Kobe Bryant Loves More Than Anything

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As the “Black Mamba” Kobe Bryant calls it quits, once and for all, we want to remember the food that fueled the greatest basketball player in the world. Apparently, Kobe’s favorite dish of all time is…Read more.

Banh Mi French Dip with Pho

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A restaurant in Santa Ana, CA, is doing a pretty unique take on the classic French Dip. Sit Low Pho, found in the 4th Street Market is selling a Vietnamese-inspired dip. While the original is made with a roast beef in a French baguette and served with an au jus dip. This version consists of a few more ingredients. Read more.

This Bakery Made Blunt-Shaped Donuts For Snoop

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North Carolina bakery Wake N’ Bake Donuts made sure to make Snoop Dogg’s trip to Wilmington, North Carolina worth it. In order to honor his appearance and performance at the Azalea Festival, the small donut shop (clearly named and started by marijuana enthusiasts) decided to make a donut specifically for, quite possibly, the oldest rapper alive, Snoop D-O-double-G. Read more.

This Dead Eel Comes To Life At The Dinner Table And Freaks Out Everybody

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You don’t often expect your food to fight back at a restaurant, so this video of a slithering dead eel In Seoul, South Korea will probably give you the willies, or at the very least make you cringe. Read more.

In-N-Out Burger’s Pissed That This Model Poured Milkshake On Her Boobs

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It’s not unusual for a photographer, or videographer to have a model cover herself in food, but it’s not often that the featured food fires back in anger.

Model Abigail Ratchford was in a pretty “taste”-ful video that involved her playing with a bunch of In-N-Out food while wearing a cleavage-accenting swim suit. Read more.

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Fast Food

Sonic’s New Slushes Feature Crushed Jolly Ranchers And Pop Rocks-Like Candy

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Sonic has now added two candy options to its Slushes menu. The popular drive-in chain is letting customers add popping candy (kind of like Pop Rocks) and Jolly Ranchers to their Slushes.

For a limited time, Sonic patrons can get their hands on the new Kevin Durant-inspired Slushes. According to BusinessWire, NBA star Kevin Durant is now the chain’s “Brand Ambassador.” If that means more items with crushed candy inside, then you won’t hear any complaints from us.

When Sonic’s Slushes first arrived on the menu, last year, only Nerds and rainbow candies were available.

Guests can choose from 28 different flavor combinations. Slushes can also be purchased for half off during “Happy Hour” at participating locations.

Photo: Business Wire

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Joakim Noah Gets Big Smack for Trying to Win Big Macs

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With his team up six and only a few seconds left in the game, Joakim Noah, center for the Chicago Bulls, decided it was time to shoot a three. Why? Easy, the crowd was hungry for more than a win, they wanted Big Macs. Yes, the iconic double pattied delicious burger, now relegated to McDonald’s value menu, is given to all attendees of Bulls home games whenever they win and score 100 points. Tuesday night, while playing the Orlando Magic, they were sitting on 99.

Now, normally when your team is up, and the other team has essentially conceded the game, the team ahead is expected to walk the ball up the court and let the time run out. However, Noah had other plans, so he came out guns blazin’. He’s a man of the people, and, with D-Rose being out, those fans needed something to boost their spirits. And no, a win wasn’t enough. Those Big Macs were close enough to taste. So Noah decided to go for it. He shot a three from 26 feet out, only the fifth of his entire career, and, like the other four, he missed. Quickly Noah, pictured above, fell from hero to hamburgler.

The Bulls left the court, win in hand, but burgerless. While the fans may have left the game hungry, Noah left the game chewed, swallowed and spat out by his coach.

Noah later said he “regretted it,” and that “it wasn’t a good shot,” but that he was just “trying to get the people a Big Mac.”

But really, should Noah regret taking that shot? No, he shouldn’t. He was just trying to give the fans, who pay big money to see the Bulls play, something back, something extra. And can people really be blaming him? Like Steve Aschburner from NBA.com points out, the NBA and the Bulls are making money off of these types of deals with McDonald’s, so why not try and give some of it back to the fans.  I mean he was just trying to give the fans what they wanted and to feed the city he loves. He played a great game (20 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 blocks) while playing 41 freakin’ minutes and come on, how cool would that have been if he’d made it (#burgersonburgersonburgers)?

Either way, it’s safe to say the team didn’t have an after-game meal at McDonald’s that night.

photo courtesy JacksonSun