June 02, 2009
As if you needed further proof the gap between the end of the Conference finals and the start of the NBA Finals is ridiculously too long, the most blogged about story over the last few days has been Lakers forward Lamar Odom's intimate relationship with candy.
In an essay titled "Lamar Odom, Sweet Tooth and Erratic Play" — I swear to God I'm not making this up — Dr. Daniel Amen writes that Odom's massive consumption of candy leads to a sugar high and then a crash, evidence that explains his inconsistent on-court play.
Amen's "diagnosis," via the Los Angeles Times:
"Odom freely confesses that he just can't help himself when it comes to the sweet stuff and always keeps a stash on hand of Gummi Bears, Honey Buns, Lifesavers, Hershey's white chocolate, Snickers bars, cookies and more. He eats the sugary snacks morning, noon and night, and even says he sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night, chows down on some treats, then falls back asleep.
This is bad news for the Lakers. I've been telling my patients for years that sugar acts like a drug in the brain. It causes blood sugar levels to spike and then crash, leaving you feeling tired, irritable, foggy and stupid. Eating too much sugar impairs cognitive function, which may explain why Odom doesn't always make the smartest decisions on the court ..."
Odom, of course, had a vaild rebuttal: The games he played well in the Western Conference finals had something in common — "I [ate] candy for breakfast," he told reporters. You see, Now and Laters, Starburst Jelly Beans ... these were the reasons for The Candy Man's increased production against Denver.
So back off, Doc! I say free pizza and candy for everyone! Am I right, Hedo, or am I right?