It Was Gerald Green!

Remember the story in the middle of…….. that season…….. two years ago when Doc Rivers had to tell his players what proper nutrition was after he saw someone eating a hamburger before a game?

Well… after reading this story… I’m pretty confident it was Gerald Green.

About the only area Gerald Green isn’t looking to refine in his critically important fourth season is his pregame meal: an arena hot dog, with ketchup.

“Ever since I got in the league,” the former prep prodigy from Houston said as he peeled back the foil wrapper before the Dallas Mavericks’ first preseason loss Wednesday, 100-93, to the Indiana Pacers. “It was a Snickers and a Coke in high school, but candy will mess up your teeth.”

I’m not saying there’s a connection between eating that swill and struggling to make an NBA team… but I AM saying there’s a connection with his total lack of development and the kind of mind set that thinks eating a hot dog before a game is OK. 

Nutrition matters.  This world is filled with super-athletes that can run, jump and even shoot a basketball.  But the people who care enough to watch what they eat are the people who care enough to develop their game.

It’s like those studies you keep hearing about how people who floss regularly have healthier hearts.  It’s not because flossing helps your heart.  It’s the TYPE of person who flosses regularly.  That’s the type of person who cares enough about health to have a healthier heart.  If Gerald doesn’t care enough to eat properly… then he’s not the TYPE of person to prepare himself properly.  And that’s why he can’t hook on with a team despite all his physical gifts.

(Via Ball Don’t Lie)


13 Responses

  1. Wade Boggs ate Fried Chicken before every single game he played in the MLB.

    Yes nutrition matters. But I tend to think Gerald Green’s ability to develop into an NBA player had little or nothing to do with his dietary habits, or even his mindset, and more on the fact that he was a remarkably one dimensional player. He was a Dunk/Jumping phenom. That’s it. He had absolutely no other basketball talent, and that was plainly obvious.

  2. I would like an apology right now from everybody who said that it was Sebastian Telfair eating the hamburgers.

  3. I don’t recall saying that.

  4. Danno… a lot of guys come in one dimensional.. and they develop. He’s not devleoping. He’s not grasping things. Why?

    And Boggs only started eating chicken (not just fried) before every game because he had chicken before a great game… and he was insanely superstitious.

  5. who’s to say Gerald Green isn’t superstitious?

  6. You’re right… maybe something made him switch from a snickers and coke to hamburgers and hot dogs. His body’s a temple.

  7. I found the link to the cheesburger discussion but I will refrain from posting it because it turned into me ripping Doc for everything. Oh, those were the days.

  8. I remember that. We did a call in show on that.

    Speaking of which.. my schedule should open up this season… which will allow for a few more call in shows than last season.

  9. What do you mean “your schedule?” Isn’t this your full-time job?

  10. Yeah Bill… I wish.

  11. Alright, we’re going to need a plan here. First thing you do is quit your job right now. Then you need to kick you wife and kids out of the house permanently. Now you have no distractions from providing your loyal readers with all the Celtics breaking news and entertainment the moment it arises. But you are going to need a man-servant to assist you. That’s where Chuck fits in: spongebaths, massages and meal pureeing for ease of digestion. By the way, do you guys still have an arrangement with Barstool?

  12. I haven’t talked to the barstool guys about doing that again. I’m not sure yet.

  13. And now that I’m done dry heaving after the thought of Chuck giving me sponge baths… there’s no way in hell I can quit my job in this economy.

    But don’t worry… a change in my schedule should be beneficial to Red’s Army

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