Word on the Street

Calorie Cap (kal’-uh-re kap) noun. A theoretical limit on how much weight a basketball player can gain before he loses the ability to compete and/or fails to reach his potential.

Usage example: “Michael Sweetney was waaaaay over the calorie cap last year. And the year before that. And the year before that…”

Word history: The term was coined by the 1990-91 Chicago Bulls to describe Stacey King’s colossal ass. According to Steve Smith’s The Jordan Rules:

“[The Bulls coaching staff] felt [King’s] upside remained substantial, even if his backside did, too. The players would taunt King about staying under the ‘calorie cap.’ ‘Calorie cap problems,’ someone would invariably say to him during practice.”

King was indeed a rampaging pork beast – by 1991 standards. However, Oliver Miller came along a few years later and created a new Gold Standard for NBA obesity. And then he ate it.

Other notable calorie cap offenders include post-Seattle Shawn Kemp, post-Milwaukee Vin Baker, Robert “Tractor” Traylor, Jerome James and Shaq.

Update: How could I forget William Bedford (thanks Johan), Eddy Curry, and Zach Randolph (thanks anonymous)?

Oliver Miller remains the Gold Standard for fat basketball players.

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Labels: Mike Sweetney / Stacey King / Oliver Miller / Shawn Kemp / Vin Baker / Robert  Traylor / Jerome James / Shaquille O’Neal (Shaq) / William Bedford / Eddy Curry / Zach Randolph / Chicago Bulls / NBA / Word on the Street

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