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Hoop dreams, ramen reality

November 9, 2009 | 10:41 pm

Nba_poster_300 Aaaah, the glamorous life of being an international sports star ... full of European travel and dining at the finest restaurants. Well, in theory anyway. One of the highlights of ESPN's TrueHoop basketball blog is the occasional report from former Virginia Tech basketball player Coleman Collins, who is now playing for Ulm in Germany's Bundesliga.

A 6-foot-9 (2.06-meter) center for the team, Collins is also a wonderfully gifted writer. But not so much of a cook. Think he's dining on schnitzel and sauerbrauten? Then you probably don't know any twentysomething basketball players. In his latest post, Collins turns to food writing, extolling the pleasures of Maruchan instant ramen (apparently hard to find in Germany!) and, when all else fails, lunch at IKEA.

Something tells me this isn't exactly the way Kobe Bryant eats.

-- Russ Parsons

Photo courtesy of Ulm Basketball