Here's a funny thing I came across while researching the various juice drinks sold through a multi-level-marketing model for this week's cover story on Bazi. Hometown hero Chauncey Billups is the top endorser for Tahitian Noni, a company that was the first to use an Amway-like system to pimp an exotic juice potion with supposedly amazing health benefits.
Even though you've probably never heard of it, Noni is a massive international company with a gazillion "independent distributors" all trying to recruit their friends and neighbors to sell the product, too.
A statement credited to Billups floating around the web says he "began drinking TAHITIAN NONI Juice and after a few weeks, I noticed my endurance levels were higher and my ability to perform late in the fourth quarter had improved. I'm glad I tried it! Now it is a valuable part of my workout regimen."
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Really? With an authentic quote like that, not to mention his performance down the stretch in last night's Nuggets win over the Los Angeles Lakers, I may start guzzling this amazing drink too for ... $42 a bottle?! That's more per ounce than any of drinks in Westword's magic-potion supplement taste test. Granted, the photo here is from Billups' days with the Detroit Pistons, so his Noni-endorsing days could be in his past. But if Carmelo Anthony invites you to a Noni presentation party at his house, leave your checkbook at home.