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The Worst NBA Player Diets

Charles Barkley
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For NBA players to stay at the top of their game, they have to train for hours and make sure they're eating the correct foods. I have one of the worst diets in the world, so there's not much room for me to judge, but because of how bad my diet is, I know a diet is bad when I see it.

These diets may seem somewhat out of the ordinary for the average American, or probably even normal. Still, for an NBA player, that on average, runs TWO MILES per game - and this is in addition to having to rebound, defend, dribble, etc. - these are pretty bad diets. Here are some of the worst NBA player diets!

Dwight Howard: The Worst of the Worst

One of the WORST NBA player diets belongs to Dwight Howard. Howard was OBSESSED with sweets. When Howard went to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012, the nutritionist for the Lakers, Dr. Cate Shanahan, described Howard as a "bona fide sugar addict." Apparently, the amount of candy and soda he was eating was equivalent to 24 HERSHEY BARS.

Wherever Howard went, he always carried candy and sugary drinks with him. Every crevice in Howard's house had candy: under his bed, in a drawer, in his backpack that he brought to practice, etc.

Candy wasn't the only thing that Howard was addicted to. Before every game, Howard ate two McDonald's' double cheeseburgers, one large fry, one small fry, a strawberry chocolate milkshake, and a large coke.

His addiction to junk food was so bad that it was getting in the way of his back surgery rehabilitation. In addition, Howard started to feel tinglings in his legs and fingers due to his addiction to junk food. This was a symptom seen in individuals with prediabetes.

Thankfully, since then, Howard's been back on a healthier diet. His meals at McDonald's were replaced with chicken and fish, and the pounds of candy and sugary drinks were replaced with kale and beet juice (which, to be honest, sounds like crap).

Derrick Rose's Sweet Tooth

As a rookie for the University of Memphis, Derrick Rose's addiction to candy was so bad that he almost missed out on the N2008 NCAA Championship. His former teammate, Chris Douglas-Roberts, stated that Rose ate Gummy Bears and Starbursts for breakfast. For dinner, Rose would eat Twizzlers and Honey Buns!

Due to how much candy Rose ate, his stomach started to bother him. It was so painful that Rose had to skip the media sessions. Thankfully, Rose still played against the Kansas Jayhawks, but he didn't play as well as he usually did. He had:

18 Points, 6 Rebounds, 8 Assists, 2 Steals

7/17 FG, 1/6 3P, 3/4 FT

45 Minutes

Unfortunatley, the Memphis Tigers would lose to the Jayhawks in the Finals. If Rose had not eaten as much candy, would the Tigers have won that game?

As a kid, Rose's mom would even hide his candy so that Rose wouldn't eat it all. Rose even acknowledged that he w