Robert Bobroczkyi is taller than any NBA player standing tall at 7'6", but is focusing more on bulking up and his nutrition rather than the court, according to the Associated Press.
Nutritionists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland have Bobroczkyi eating more than two pounds of pasta per day to try and put muscle on his 184-pound frame.
“We've got to make sure that five years from now not only can he play basketball but that he's also a fairly normal person,” Stellazzurra Basketball Academy general manager Giacomo Rossi told the AP. “This is going to be a long and difficult season for him but it's also going to be the most important season of his life. Because every day, all day, he's following an individual project created specifically for him with a staff of physicians.”
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Bobroczkyi was a member of the Stellazzurra team that claimed the under-15 national title in Italy last season.
The 15-year-old is in good health with physicians' care in Rome. He continues to grow and runs with an awkward form because of his slanted hips. The hope is that with more muscle, he will be able to improve his running ability.
At breakfast, Bobroczkyi intakes 10.8 grams of pasta either plain or with tomato sauce and also eats about eight slices of toast with bacon and an egg. He snacks intermittently throughout the day and eats 14 ounces of pasta with meat or fish and vegetables for lunch. Dinner calls for another 10.5 ounces of pasta with 10.5 ounces with meat or fish, vegetables and a dessert.
Elite athletes like Michael Phelps are also known for their high calorie intake to balance out their training as the Olympic swimmer stirred headlines at the 2008 Olympics by revealing that his diet including full pizzas and two dozen eggs. Bobroczkyi does not have the luxury of fast foods.
“He eats seven times per day,” physiotherapist Daniele Comandini told the AP. “He's not eating McDonald's or kebabs. That's banned.”
Bobroczkyi hopes to play in the Euroleage as a professional. His father was 7'1" and played on the Romanian national team with Gheorghe Muresan, who was the tallest NBA player in history at 7'7".
- Christopher Chavez