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Pregame meals and in-season diets are essential for athletes to provide them with the nutrition needed to continuously perform at a high level when on the court. But what if that meal consisted of 47 chicken wings?

For Cheap Alvan Adams Jersey, that seemed to be an easy feat that led to one of the greatest performances in NBA history.

After being named the 1975-76 Rookie of the Year, Adams continued to provide a dominant presence in the paint while also being one of the best distributing big men in his time. However, off the court, his teammates knew him for something else, an ultimate foodie with a limitless stomach.

“In general, Alvan had a big appetite and he was cheap,” teammate Cheap Paul Westphal Jersey said.

When the Suns used to go out to dinner in the 1970s, the bill was simply split evenly by however many people were dining. Unfortunately for everyone else, this made it all too easy for Adams to go above and beyond a normal serving size.

“Once Alvan understood that, he would always order more than everybody else,” Westphal said. “If someone else ordered two entrees, he’d order three. He could eat like nobody I’ve ever seen.”

The Suns visited Buffalo to tip-off against the Braves once a season and that one time meant that it was a necessity of Adams to dine at one of the most iconic chicken wing restaurants in the country, Frank & Teressa’s Anchor Bar – Home of the Original Buffalo Chicken Wings.

“We had heard of all these buffalo wings and it was legendary,” Westphal said. “Bill Russell used to send the trainer out in the snow in Buffalo to bring him back these wings from the Anchor Bar. So, Alvan went there and he just loved these wings.”

Not only did Adams love the Anchor Bar, but with the amount of wings Adams would order, it was pretty certain they loved him back.

“I would gladly eat chicken wings anytime at the Anchor Bar,” Alvan said. “We usually ate multiple dozens of chicken wings. So, three dozen, four dozen, I don’t remember exactly.”

On February 21, 1977, one night before their game against the Braves during his sophomore season, Adams went above and beyond what anyone could have imagined.

“Alvan ate 47 chicken wings,” Westphal said. “He loved them. He just kept eating. He wasn’t really trying to set a record. He was just hungry.”

While eating 47 wings in one sitting is already impressive, what he did the next night made it historic.

On February 22, 1977, Adams not only matched the Suns single-game record for points at the time, but also matched the number of wings he ate with a 47 points performance.

Adams did far more than merely score 47 points a night after eating 47 wings but added in a monstrous triple-double as well. The big man tallied 18 rebounds, 12 assists and five blocked shots, one shy of what would ultimately be the career highs in each category for his entire career.

“I look back at the stats and it says I scored 47 with a bunch of rebounds and a bunch of assists. I was like, ‘Who guarded me?’ Obviously, nobody,” Adams said. “Bob McAdoo was on that team. I always got worn out chasing him around. He didn’t play that game for some reason. Maybe he’s the one who ate the chicken wings and got sick.”

To put this performance into perspective, there have only been six games in NBA history where a player has recorded at least 45 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists, with four NBA MVPs accounting for the other five games (Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird and James Harden twice). Of these, Adams is the only player since blocks became a stat (1971) to also record five blocks (Basketball-Reference).

Presumably, he is also the only player to also eat 47 hot wings the night before.

The deeper you dive into the metrics the more legendary the chicken wing game becomes. Game Score is a metric created by John Hollinger to roughly measure a player’s productivity for a single game. Basketball-Reference tracks Game Score dating back to 1983-84.

The Suns top ranked games include Cheap Devin Booker Jersey 70 point night (a score of 54.5), Cheap Charles Barkley Jersey 56 point playoff game vs the Warriors (52.6), Amar’e Stoudmire’s 49 point game against Indiana (50.2) and Cheap Tom Chambers Jersey 60-point performance against Seattle. There has only been a total of 24 performances by any NBA player with a game score above 50 since 1983, including these four by Suns.

While Adams’ Game Score cannot be calculated exactly as turnovers were not kept in the box score at the time, it would estimate to fall in the range of 48-53. Meaning, not only would it grade as one of the top performances in Suns history but would arguably be one of the top 25 most productive all-around games in NBA history.

Again, the night after eating 47 chicken wings.

But if 47 wings meant a 47-point triple-double, what could 50 wings equate to?

“We only played in Buffalo once a year,” Westphal said. “He couldn’t wait until the next year when we were going back to buffalo. He said, ‘I’m going to eat 50 wings.’ And he did. He ate 50 wings, got sick and couldn’t play the next game.”

However, this is not how Adams remembers this story going and he brought the facts to prove it.

“So, fact checking by Cole Mickelson, our in-house historian and archivist, verified my side of the story,” Adams said. “My side of the story is that I was hit with tonsillitis before Christmas in my third season. I missed three or four weeks including the week in Buffalo. I missed that game because I was not with the team because of tonsillitis.”

Even 40 years later, Westphal still isn’t buying it.

“There’s no way. He may have got it on a technicality. Maybe he missed a year. He ate 50 wings because he was going to go for it, but then he couldn’t play the next game. That is the true story.

While the 50-wing illness may have some disputes, the 47-wing game will continue to live on as one of the most legendary stories leading to one of the most historic performances in Suns history.

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Meet Abdel Nader.

The other guy in the Chris Paul trade.

The Phoenix Suns didn’t send four players with two being starters Cheap Kelly Oubre Jr. Jersey and Ricky Rubio and a future first-round pick to Oklahoma City last month for just the All-Star veteran point guard.

They also got Nader, a second-round pick in the 2016 draft out of Iowa State who brings shooting, hustle, a team mindset and isn’t concerned about how he’s being viewed in the Paul trade.

“At this point in my career, it’s kind of just I’m competing to be the best basketball player I can be and that’s really how I approach it every day,” said Nader, who started his NBA career with the Boston Celtics in 2017-18. “Not really worried about what other people are saying.”

Oklahoma City’s Abdel Nader (11) reacts after scoring a 3-point shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck).
Born in Egypt, Nader is averaging just 4.5 points in his three NBA seasons, but averaged a career-best 6.3 points last season with the Thunder and made an impression on Paul in their first season together in Oklahoma City.

“He’s just a consummate team player,” Paul said. “He’s going to do whatever Coach asks him to do. If that’s defending the best player, he’s going to run hard. He’s going to compete. He can really shoot it. Just the consummate team guy.”

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The Phoenix Suns started to practice on Saturday, so three days in, what does All-NBA point guard Cheap Chris Paul Jersey think of his new squad?

“I’m getting a chance to see first hand why they were so good in the bubble and the jump that they made from the season to the bubble,” he said Monday. “I think that’s what’s been really cool to see — to see Cam Johnson, to know Cheap Jevon Carter Jersey before I got here. Just to see how many hungry guys we got. I talk about E’Twaun Moore and Cheap Langston Galloway Jersey a lot because I played against them for years — to see, like I know they can hoop, but to see what type of guys they are in the locker room already is gonna be big for our team.”

Head coach Monty Williams is going to find the balance of maintaining that successful style from Orlando and implementing Paul’s all-world talents into his gameplans.

“He saw the way we played and that may have been appealing to him,” he said. “We like to think we’re a team that plays a certain way and that may be appealing to some guys. At the same time, I want to tweak a few things to fit his skill set.”

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It seems like an extension of the bond formed in the bubble has carried over as a foundation that has the team clicking. When Paul was asked what has impressed him the most thus far, it was that.

“The camaraderie that we sort of built already,” he said. “Through team group texts … our team seems like we’ve been together for a while just because we got guys that want to compete, want to work hard but you can tell everyone enjoys being in the gym.”

The relationship Paul forms with Cheap Devin Booker Jersey on the court and off will dictate the team’s success, and Paul isn’t going to overcomplicate things there. When asked if there’s anything now on a day-to-day basis he’s eager to work with Booker on or wants to see Booker improve on, he kept it simple.

“Nothin’,” he said with a laugh. “I ain’t looking for nothing … I think his presence, his demeanor — one thing about Book is that he commands respect from everybody from just how he plays the game and how he carries itself. All the other stuff will take care of itself because he puts the work in.”

Easy enough!

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Williams was asked about new forward Jae Crowder’s status being a player that just got done with a long playoff run in the bubble and said the following:

“I can’t comment on Jae’s situation right now. I’m just gonna leave it at that.”

Williams said Saturday he would not comment on whether players did or did not practice in fear of violating the league’s collective bargaining agreement, a more relevant issue with potential COVID-19 cases now a reality.

Williams held the same stance in the bubble, and the public did not learn that Cheap Ricky Rubio Jersey and Cheap Aron Baynes Jersey tested positive for coronavirus until they themselves told the media. With practice in the Orlando bubble that season and the Zoom era of media availabilities continuing for everyone’s safety, reporters are obviously not physically present to see if a player is in attendance, as they were previously before the world flipped upside down.

Starting six games last season, the 6-5 forward shot 37.5% from 3, which is also a career high.

“You got a guy who is kind of a young player despite being in the middle of his career,” said new Thunder coach Mark Daigneault about the 27-year-old Nader. “I still think there is a ceiling for him as a player He obviously can really score the ball, he’s an aggressive scorer, but he’s a really good guy. Really good teammate and has great humility. He’s always trying to improve and he’s willing to put the work in to improve.”

Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker, left, tries to shoot past Oklahoma City Thunder’s Cheap Abdel Nader Jersey, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP).
Nader said he didn’t really know what to think about the trade at first, but was happy Paul was part of it as Oklahoma City sent those two to Phoenix for Cheap Ty Jerome Jersey, Cheap Jalen Lecque Jersey, Oubre Jr., Rubio and a future first-round pick last month before the draft.

“I’ve been traded before so I’ve kind of been through this already once,” Nader said. “I was happy to hear that C was coming with me because me and him have built a relationship in the past so having him here with me has made that transition much smoother.”

Nader later said he’s was excited about the trade.

“I haven’t really spent time in Phoenix but I knew (the Suns) had a nice, young unit with a lot of talent,” Nader said. “Ability to grow. Also the city sounds like a nice place to me. I wasn’t complaining too much.”

Nader’s NBA career started in the G League as he earned G League Rookie of the Year playing for Boston’s Maine Red Claws. He then played one season for the Celtics before being traded to Oklahoma City for Rodney Purvis going into the 2018-19 season.

Boston Celtics forward Abdel Nader shoots in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola).
Nader spent the next two seasons with the Thunder. He posted three double-figure games in the bubble, scoring 15 in an 128-101 loss to the Suns.

Now he’s in Phoenix looking to find his role.

“I really don’t know (his role) on the team,” Nader said. “Just trying to play. I think we’re all trying to play. It’s a new group of guys. So I think we’re all trying to play and figure out how we can help each other and how we can fit together.”