Food is an essential component in the career success of a professional basketball player. If he does not eat well and has a lifestyle not suited to high-level sport, his performance on the court will be affected and it will be more difficult to get a good contract. An unhealthy diet can, for example, facilitate the appearance of injuries, which for some of them can lead to the decay of an athlete career. When setting their foot on European territory, American basketball players will not necessarily find the same products and brands that they used to consume in the United States. In addition, in the event that the meals are not provided by the club, some not knowing not to cook or not having the will to make meal will thus initially choose the solution of facility, which is to go in restaurants and especially fast food. Imported straight from the United States, the McDonalds, Burger King and other Subway receive the favor of many American basketball players who will go to eat there more or less regularly after practices or on days off. Fortunately, this is not the case for the majority of players, who end up getting used to local products and developing better eating habits.
For Jeremi Booth, the best food he has tasted overseas, it’s « Greek food. And escalope de normandie. ».
As for him, Toddrick Gotcher has developed a cute sin. « The best food I have eaten overseas was the beignets that I had in France. That is by far the best that I have ever had and I try to find it everywhere I go now ».
Frank Hassell also mentioned his alimentation, rather healthy. « I have many favorite foods but I mostly eat chicken and veggies as my base. I never thought eating duck would become a normal thing for me, but I do it from time to time and like it ».
Having played to the highest level in Europe for until he gets 40 years old, Will Solomon confirms that food has played a huge part in his longevity in the world of professional basketball. « My secret to last as long is just to eat good and take care of my body. It’s really to have a proper nutrition. I gave credits to my wife, she takes care of me very well. Of course, get the right and proper rest you need to be healthy is also important. And stay away from the alcohol, drugs, etc. ».