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07:26 AM ET 12.10 | Thanks in large part to John Wall late in the game, Denver managed to win one it started poorly -- again -- scoring 18 points in the first quarter and 75 points in all. Their previous season low was 88 points, most recently scored five days ago at Cleveland. [Brian Shaw] has searched for answers to their offensive woes in the first quarters of games. Last week, he walked through the locker room, saw players eating pizza and nachos and believed the poor diet to be the cause. So he picked up all the junk food and threw it in the trash. The Nuggets had fresh salads with chicken breast and cold cut sandwiches before Monday's game. The sluggish result was the same. "We'll keep searching and seeking until we find (it)," Shaw said. "We just talk about the starters needing to start the game for us."

The Denver Post

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December 10, 2013  08:49 AM ET

Isn't pizza a good carbs for these athletes? They'll burn those carbs easily...

December 10, 2013  09:18 AM ET

Next in line is Sushi and wild rice, followed by an Italian evening. If that didn't work, it's time for some spicy chicken curry for some offense. If all else fails, there's always KFC.

December 10, 2013  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Isn't pizza a good carbs for these athletes? They'll burn those carbs easily...

And it goes great with Dr. Pepper!

December 10, 2013  09:21 AM ET

Supersized, Bros?

December 10, 2013  11:41 AM ET

watch what you eat, Bruh!

December 10, 2013  12:39 PM ET

Maybe if you fine them that would work better. Sounding like a bunch of pampered athletes that rather stuff their face than pick up the pace. But maybe that's just my take.

December 10, 2013  09:30 PM ET

Please don't tell me that professional athletes know that a pre-game meal doesn't mean right before the game. Please tell me they know this and that this activity is a product of mismanagement. If they don't know this then they have to be the stupidest athletes in professional sports. Frickin' pizza and nachos... Are you kidding me?

Brian Shaw has been around elite athletes most of his life and he didn't put a lid on this? I said from the beginning that he was overrated. This just helps make the case.

December 10, 2013  09:32 PM ET

Please tell me that professional athletes know that a pre-game meal doesn't mean right before the game. Please tell me they know this and that this activity is a product of mismanagement. If they don't know this then they have to be the stupidest athletes in professional sports. Frickin' pizza and nachos... Are you kidding me?

Brian Shaw has been around elite athletes most of his life and he didn't put a lid on this? I said from the beginning that he was overrated. This just helps make the case.

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December 11, 2013  03:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Isn't pizza a good carbs for these athletes? They'll burn those carbs easily...

In truth, no... Not at all. In fact foods like this are the worse thing they can eat just before a game, much less as a pre-game meal. Pizza and nachos are loaded with fat and carbohydrates... and not the good kind. Even an elite athlete's body needs time to digest their food in order for it to turn into usable energy. The fats in these foods take too long to digest and what's more is that fat is broken down over a longer period than carbohydrates which means (in this case) that by the time it's broken down, their activity will be long over. The simple carbohydrates from the pizza dough and the nachos, may as well be sugar because they'll act in almost the same way. They may get a slight boost from it, but they'll be met with an equally drastic drop in energy due to the fact that it breaks down really fast. So in essence, they will have gained nothing from it. All of this doesn't erase the fact that the body is trying to digest the food (which requires blood flow to the stomach), so between that and trying to provide oxygenated blood to their muscles, it's no wonder they're sluggish. It's equally ill-advised to provide the foods they did in the locker room before a game, because for their activity, they need about an hour and a half to two hours for the food to even being to be turned into usable energy. In a nutshell, eating what they did, when they did is just stupid.

December 11, 2013  04:57 AM ET

You might want to consider the notion that these meals, while not ideal, are in fact consumed 2+ hours before gametime.

December 11, 2013  01:10 PM ET
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You might want to consider the notion that these meals, while not ideal, are in fact consumed 2+ hours before gametime.

Respectfully, how do you know this? The article didn't seem to indicate that and the fact that it states that Shaw saw these things in the locker room seems to indicate otherwise. True enough, I wasn't there either... Still, if the coach walks in the locker room and sees players eating these things, I'm not inclined to think it was 2+ hours before the game. Even if what you say is true, considering the caloric inefficiency of these "snacks" they still wouldn't have benefited from them, so they would basically be running on fumes by the time the game started... Which would again explain why they were sluggish.

 
December 11, 2013  01:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

You might want to consider the notion that these meals, while not ideal, are in fact consumed 2+ hours before gametime.

Don't be an apologist for these guys. They're compensated with millions of dollars to do what they do and the general public is asked to pay to see them do it. When they do things that undermine their ability to do what they're paid to do, they should be called out on it. Obviously, not by me, but by someone with a vested interest in seeing them do the job they're paid to do.

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