Even in the midst of a $200 million renovation, one of Philips Arena’s best qualities is that it sits right next door to a top-notch food court that’s located inside CNN Center. Fans can grab a cheap meal and gather with other fans before the game, and it’s a fun place to hang out and watch CNN on a giant TV screen, if that’s your thing.
Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon obviously agrees. Before his teammates got shellacked 105-91 Thursday by the Detroit Pistons, Dedmon was seen picking up dinner at BurgerFi in the CNN Center, completely dressed out in his warm-ups in a picture that was posted to Twitter just minutes before 7 p.m. by WVUA-TV reporter Sam Luther.
The funny yet abnormal scene is no reason to get mad at Dedmon; yes, his team was about to take the court in a half-hour or so for their 28th game of the 2017-18 season, but he has been out since Nov. 25 with a left tibia stress reaction, according to Sporting News. He hasn’t been cleared to return to action yet, so why not let the man grab dinner before the game?
Dedmon obviously had no chance blending into the crowd – the 28-year-old stands 7 feet tall, and since he was clearly wearing a full basketball uniform, he was a dead giveaway for a pro basketball player while he stood in line and waited for his burger.
When you’re injured on a 6-22 team and the season is basically a throwaway in a long rebuilding effort, you should definitely be allowed to grab a burger whenever you want. Props to Dedmon for taking advantage of the CNN Center’s top-notch food court.
Oh, and there’s $6 huge beers at TJ’s Sandwiches on the other side of the food court, my man.Follow @Sean_Breslin