Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts has adopted a new policy barring players from having dinner until stars Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have gotten their fill.
The team dinner has now been bifurcated into the “first seating”—for Lillard and McCollum, who create the vast majority of the Blazers’ scoring—and the “second seating”, where everyone else eats whatever scraps are left.
“My job is to put our team in a position to win and that means ensuring no one touches any food until Damian and CJ have confirmed they definitely don’t want any more,” Stotts said. “We need them nice and strong.”
Observers say the nightly diet for Lillard and McCollum includes burgers, pasta, salad and a bevy of vegetables and other side dishes. The rest of the roster typically gets rice, any uneaten veggies, and water.
The team has also instituted a new policy under which Lillard and McCollum have exclusive, first access to the training room, medical facilities, locker room and hotel before others are allowed in.