Peanut Butter and Jelly: The NBA’s Secret Addiction

I looked at the headline and thought ‘no way.’ However, NBA players love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, each one made according to the preference of the player. I hope they cut their own crusts…oh, who am I kidding.

It did make me hungry reading this article.


At ESPN, Baxter Holmes reports on how the lowly peanut butter and jelly sandwich fueled the 2007-08 Boston Celtics to an NBA title, becoming the sweet and salty stuff of superstitious sport legend that has spread like an addiction across the league.

But as the Garnett-Paul Pierce-Ray Allen Celtics steamrolled to a 66-win season and an NBA title, the secret to their success, so cleverly disguised between two pieces of white bread, was eventually leaked.

At the time, Doo notes, the Celtics not only didn’t provide lavish pregame spreads, they didn’t offer much food at all. But he soon found himself slapping together 20 PB&J’s about three hours before every tip-off, the finished products placed in bags and labeled with Sharpie in a secret code: “S” for strawberry, “G” for grape, “C” for crunchy. Of vital import: Garnett was an “S” man, and woe unto he who did not…

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2 thoughts on “Peanut Butter and Jelly: The NBA’s Secret Addiction

  1. I think its the perfect food: protein, sugar (for the pick me up), carb, and salt. When I’m actually performing, I usually eat only a pb&j before I go on because my stomach won’t tolerate much else.


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