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The peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Simple. Humble. Delicious.

ESPN The Magazine recently explored the role of the PB&J in the NBA, where the sandwich serves as a pre-game meal for some of the game’s best players, including Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry and retired power forward Kevin Garnett.

Baxter Holmes, who wrote the story, first noticed the trend when covering the Boston Celtics as a reporter in 2008. In a conversation with Morning Shift’s Tony Sarabia, Holmes traces the rise of the PB&J to Garnett, who played his senior year of high school basketball at Farragut Career Academy in Chicago. Holmes said Garnett made the peanut butter and jelly sandwich a staple in the Boston Celtics' locker room.

Plus: If you’re wondering how frequently the PB&J is on the menu in the WBEZ newsroom, we answer that question too. Short answer: Not often. Click ‘play’ above to listen to the segment.

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