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Old 11-02-2008, 12:33 AM   #1
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Default Pre-Game Ritual

What is your pre-game ritual?



Before playing a big game/season opener/playoffs what do you do to get the butterflies out of your stomach?



Explain your pre-game ritual.

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Old 11-02-2008, 01:43 AM   #2
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If I started feeling nervous I normally just joke around with friends and/or talking about something different that basketball.

OR... you can meditate to R.Kelly - I Believe I Can Fly.
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Old 11-02-2008, 03:57 AM   #3
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Before the season even starts I get a copy of our game schedule. Then, looking at the games and taking what I know from past experience, I build a quick custom playlist for each game with hard music or hip-hop or whatever I think ill need for that games intensity/flow. It goes anywhere from 5-10 songs. When the actual game rolls along a few weeks or months later, its a just one less thing I need to worry about, and I can think back to when I made the list and what I was thinking of at the time.

Other then that, I make sure to talk to my shoes. They carry me through battle, so I gotta treat my babies right.

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Old 11-02-2008, 10:42 AM   #4
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Just do my shootaround with music playing(usually songs to pump me up).

Do some streches.

Talk to some buddies and joke around, keep my calm

A little trash talking never hurt anybody either
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A little trash talking never hurt anybody either

Yea, but alot can kill ya
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Yea, but alot can kill ya

Not if you are good and got your buddies to back ya up..

I dont usually do that, but Im gonna start doing it more
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Old 11-03-2008, 04:40 AM   #7
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Usually eat some fruit, like a banana and an apple about 1 hour beforehand. Walk a little, then jog a bit to get the knees and ankles warmed up. Get my hands warmed up by doing some dribbling, then do some dynamic stretches (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_stretching).

Talk some trash to my teammates (we probably joke around a bit too much but meh), play a little bit of slow warm-up 1 on 1. Get a few catch and shoots in, and a few bank shots. Then some free throws.

Sometimes I'll size up the opposition while they're doing layup drills etc - see who's the most uncoordinated and worth gambling for steals against.
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Old 11-09-2008, 11:35 AM   #8
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Get your team mates into it during the warm up and that usually makes me forget about any nerves I myself have got.
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I always got in at least 5 freethrows before each game.
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Old 08-16-2009, 06:44 PM   #10
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Me and my two boys throw ally's to each other to try and intimidate the other team. We either try to do a dunk fest or challenge each other to half court threes so we get adrenaline for the game.
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Pre-Game Sh*t...helps drop a few pounds and you feel lighter on your feet...
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Me and my two boys throw ally's to each other to try and intimidate the other team. We either try to do a dunk fest or challenge each other to half court threes so we get adrenaline for the game.

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where the hell do you guys play?

dunking will get you a tech if the refs are on the floor.
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i pray before games, (i go into the washroom, since i do not want to bother anyone, and there are few muslims on my team) i pray not to get injured, to win, and to have a good game.

besides that i just jump up and down in the locker room, swing my arms to get loose. and i dont listen to music, thats just me, i need to concentrate on who my matchup is gonna be, or how im gonna score off set plays
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Old 08-17-2009, 02:37 AM   #15
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where the hell do you guys play?

dunking will get you a tech if the refs are on the floor.

some refs allow you to dunk in layup lines
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