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Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Mitch McGary on the Olive Garden: ‘It’s a great spot.’

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(Credit: Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

(Credit: Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

The Oklahoma City Thunder took power forward Mitch McGary out of Michigan in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft.  The big man should help out the Thunder frontcourt, but there’s something about the youngster that many don’t know.  He’s an avid unicyclist, to the point that he doesn’t just have one, he has three.

“My first one is old. I don’t really ride it. It was my first unicycle. My brother gave it to me. My second one is a four-foot unicycle, so it’s kind of bigger. The other one for is off-roading, where the tires are about four inches wide,” McGary told The Jim Rome Show. “It’s something I like to do. It’s something I picked up on when I was younger.”

Next up for McGary is trying to get some of his teammates to hop on the unicycles, especially the Thunder big men.

“That would be awesome.  Me, Serge, maybe even Hasheem Thabeet. That’s something special to see,” he said.  “Maybe I’ll try to teach the guys a thing or two on it, but it’s pretty difficult so maybe they’ll learn.”

With a NBA salary now, McGary can buy even more unicycles and start dining at fancy restaurants, right? Wrong.  The newest member of the Thunder is also an unpaid member of Team Olive Garden.

“Olive Garden is a great spot.  Everybody was ramming on me just because, ‘Oh, you’re an NBA player, you could go somewhere nicer,’” said McGary.  “Olive Garden is a cheap place, you get free salad and breadsticks, so I always love going there. I got the chicken alfredo. One of my favorites. It was definitely pretty good.”

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