Found April 05, 2013 on Beyond The Buzzer:
The Washington Wizards have an impressive cabinet stacked full of a wide variety supply of gum in their locker room. Wizards’ Garrett Temple and Cartier Martin say Michael Jordan is to thank for the gum-chewing trend in the NBA. According to Sarah Kogod, The Washington Post: “The GOAT, the greatest to ever do it, chewed gum, so I think it’s spurred basketball players chewing gum,” Garrett Temple told me. “[Michael Jordan] used to always have gum in his mouth, chewing it while we was waiting for free throws or something like that. They’d always show that. That’s the reason I always tried to chew gum, but I got to the point where I found myself losing my breath quicker when I’d run up and down the court having to chew gum also.” “I think a lot of guys did start chewing gum because of Jordan, and watching him,” [Cartier Martin] said. “And it just became a habit for other guys. Now it’s just kind of a trending thing in the league.”  
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