Dwyane Wade Doesn't Eat His Vegetables
You likely won't find any U.S. men's basketball players at Beijing restaurants trying some of the local cuisine. They might be able to fly above the rim, but they aren't too adventurous when it comes to food.
Before practice on Wednesday, the players were asked about the food they've been eating in China. They've been in this country for more than two weeks already but you'd be disappointed if you were expecting hear that they've tried Peking duck or even Beijing style roast pigeon.
For their four days in Macau, the players ate at some of the American restaurants in the hotel, such as Morton's Steakhouse and Fatburger. And while in Shanghai, the players ate at Tony Roma's and California Pizza Kitchen.
Here, some players have eaten at McDonalds while visiting the Olympic Village (look at this if you want to see Kobe Bryant eating french fries). But the team also brought Chef Shawn Loving, the personal chef for Richard Hamilton in Detroit. The players all called him "Chef Lovie" and he's here to prepare food to fit more American palates.
"We got a spread of different stuff. You've got fish. You've got chicken. You've got steak. A lot of different stuff," Dwyane Wade said. "Chef Lovie. He's great."
Wade was then asked why the players came to the other end of the globe to eat at Tony Roma's, California Pizza Kitchen and McDonald's.
"You got to stay with what you know," Wade said. "I don't eat seafood. I don't eat vegetables. I don't eat none of that stuff, so I got to really stick with what I know."
What, no vegetables? How does Wade get his nutrients?
"I don't know. I don't eat vegetables," he said.
So, for all the little kids out there looking for a reason not to eat their spinach and broccoli, you have a role model in Wade. An Olympian, NBA all-star and Finals MVP doesn't eat his vegetables. Dreams really can come true.
Carmelo Anthony said that before he leaves China, he will attempt to eat some actual Chinese food. But his teammates are trying to play it safe.
"We don't want to get sick," Carlos Boozer said.
"I'm not saying that the food [in China] is bad, but the food at the hotel is good," Dwight Howard said.
Chris Bosh was probably best on the subject. "I haven't been too curious," Bosh said. "Anytime you go to another country and you try different food, your stomach might not be used it. I don't want to put myself out there like that. Chinese people might say the same thing when they go to New York. Are they going to eat the street meat? Probably not."
August 13, 2008; 9:38 AM ET
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