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The NBA Loves Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

The childhood staple is also popular among professional athletes

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Doo says he made 20 sandwiches three hours before every game.

Pre-game rituals, including game day meals, are common among athletes, with some meals including anything from Cinnamon Toast Crunch to baked potatoes. Recently, ESPN revealed the most common sandwich consumed across the league, and it doesn’t include protein-packed chicken or superfoods. According to ESPN, professional basketball players love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Bryan Doo, strength and conditioning coach of the Boston Celtics, told ESPN that the tradition started with Kevin Garnett who initially craved the sandwich before a game in the 2007-08 season. Doo says that Garnett played well that game and has been eating the sandwich as a pre-game ritual ever since.

According to Tim DiFrancesco, strength and conditioning coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, his team found out about the tradition and wanted to partake as well.

Since then, ESPN says the trend has migrated to other teams including Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, and Los Angeles Clippers.


To read about how to make the perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich, click here.