Raptors have rookie Bruno Caboclo eating 6,000 calories a day
The adjustment from life as a teenager in Brazil to life as an NBA player is going to be dramatic for Toronto Raptors rookie Bruno Caboclo.
There's a new language to learn, basketball development to undertake, and, of course, weight to put on. For Caboclo, who will be the NBA's youngest player this season, and perhaps its skinniest at 6-foot-9 and just 200 pounds, putting on weight is about a lot more than just getting your pump on at the gym.
If 6,000 calories seems obscene, well, yeah, it's a lot of food. It is not, however, all that unique in the sporting realm. Tennis star Andy Murray is said to eat 6,000 calories a day, and swimming legend Michael Phelps consumes 12,000 calories during training.
For the uninitiated, 6,000 calories is a heck of a lot. Here are some daily meal plans you could put together and still be a hair shy of 6,000:
The Sean May Diet: 10 Big Macs, or four Big Macs, four medium fries and four milkshakes.
The Half-Phelps Diet: Fried-egg sandwich, two chocolate-chip pancakes, three-egg omelette, one sugar-coated slice of French toast, a bowl of grits, a half-pound of pasta, a large ham-and-cheese sandwich, another half-pound of pasta, and then a pizza to top it off.
The Blake Murphy Diet: 39 cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon.
The Sportswriter Diet: 4 large popcorns with buttery topping (free in the press box, of course).
The Lonely Man Diet: More than 20 frozen dinners.
The College Student Diet: 16 packages of ramen noodles.
You get the idea, it's a lot of food. And here we are, watching what we eat. To be a young, professional athlete ... sigh.