For an NBA player, their body is their meal ticket. Literally, because that body allows them to put food on their family's table. That's why it's so important for them to eat right, train hard and do everything in their power to remain in peak physical condition. And that's also why it's both surprising and hilarious to hear about things like Lamar Odom's(notes) candy habit or Oliver Miller eating four pizzas in a single sitting. You just don't expect those kind of eating habits from athletes. Well, you could kind of expect that Oliver Miller eats four pizzas at once, but you know what I mean.
But apparently nutrition is a lot less important than we think because Derek Fisher(notes) is the latest to confess his problems with junk food. In an interview on his Web site, the Lakers guard shares his struggle.
My favorite meal? Well sometimes a good ol' fashioned bowl of cereal does the trick, to be honest. I've talked about, and I do talk about, my health and my fitness and how important it is to eat certain things and have a balanced diet and all that stuff, but there are certain things from your childhood or your experiences growing up that just take you to a place of comfort.
So for me, a good ol' bowl of, like, Frosted Flakes or some Honey Nut Cheerios, or if I'm feeling really bad, maybe some Cinnamon Toast Crunch or something like that. You just feel like a kid again for five or six minutes, and sometimes that does the trick.
I'd have guessed Derek Fisher was more of a Grape Nuts kind of guy, but I'm with him on the Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which is definitely the third-best cereal of all-time. Good choice, Beardy.
But you kind of have to wonder if the Lakers might want to invest in a team chef. Between Fisher's cereal fix and Lamar Odom's sweet tooth, they're closer to a middle-school sleepover than an NBA team. I'm imagining a lot of sleepless nights staying up late to watch "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" and Ron Artest(notes) making prank calls. That'll catch up to you eventually.
Then again, if you can make it in the NBA with cereal and candy as your favorite foods, I'd like to enter the draft.
(h/t Land o' Lakers)