Playoff Prep: 10 Ways that Players are Getting Their Mind and Body Ready

(Photo courtesy of Andre Roberson's Instagram)

As the playoffs begin, players’ new habits will come to light—from musical tastes to mental approaches. In some cases, a particular pair of shoes or certain style will be desired—even a good-luck charm.

The NBPA turned to two veterans and two rookies who will be competing in the postseason—Amir Johnson (Celtics) and Andre Roberson (Thunder), and Malcolm Brogdon (Bucks) and Denzel Valentine (Bulls), respectively—to answer a fun and diverse questionnaire that covered different facets of their on- and off-court preparation.

(Photo courtesy of Malcolm Brogdon's Instagram)

(Photo courtesy of Malcolm Brogdon’s Instagram)

Malcolm Brogdon

  1. My music playlist will feature “Holy Ghost” by Jeezy, “Cadillactica” by Big K.R.I.T. and “Mask Off” by Future.
  2. My pregame routine will be to sit in the locker room and just have peace and quiet.
  3. I’ll use this motivational quote: “It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself,” by Muhammad Ali.
  4. One thing I won’t do is stay out too late.
  5. My good-luck charm will be my Nike Flyknit shoes.
  6. For the road, I’ll pack underwear, shirts, my Bible and my computer.
  7. My go-to, off-court outfit will be a hoodie and some joggers.
  8. I will depend on my brother for advice because he will help me stay focused on the next game.
  9. My personal goal is to help my team win a championship.
  10. If my team wins the championship, the first thing I’m going to do is take my family on a nice vacation.

 

(Photo courtesy of Amir Johnson's Instagram)

(Photo courtesy of Amir Johnson’s Instagram)

Amir Johnson

  1. My music playlist will feature “Mask Off” by Future, “Portland” by Drake and “Idols Become Rivals” by Rick Ross.
  2. My pregame routine will be to take a nap before the game.
  3. I’ll use this motivational quote: “Anything is possible,” by KG [Kevin Garnett].
  4. One thing I won’t do is stay up late.
  5. My good-luck charm will be my kids. I’m playing for my daughter, Milli, and my son on the way, baby A.J.
  6. For the road, I’ll pack my laptop for movies and real dress clothes. I’ve got to dress up for the playoffs.
  7. My go-to, off-court outfit will be a suit.
  8. I will depend on my boy, Veezy, for advice because he will help me with my game.
  9. My personal goal is to win. I want a ring. We can go all the way.
  10. If my team wins the championship, the first thing I’m going to do is cry.

 

(Photo courtesy of Andre Roberson's Instagram)

(Photo courtesy of Andre Roberson’s Instagram)

Andre Roberson

  1. My music playlist will feature “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar, “XO Tour Life” by Lil Uzi Vert and “Portland” by Drake.
  2. My pregame routine will be to nap before every game and get dressed the same way every time.
  3. I’ll use this motivational quote: “Don’t worry about a thing / ‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright” [by Bob Marley in “Three Little Birds].”
  4. One thing I won’t do is stay up late so I am more focused.
  5. My good-luck charm will be nothing because I know God is with me.
  6. For the road, I’ll pack my clothes and scouting reports for the game.
  7. My go-to, off-court outfit will be: I’ll just put an outfit together!
  8. I will depend on coach Billy Donovan for advice because he’ll help me with everything I need to know!
  9. My personal goal is to win it all!
  10. If my team wins the championship, the first thing I’m going to do is give thanks to the man above and my teammates for doing it together.

 

(Photo courtesy of Denzel Valentine's Instagram)

(Photo courtesy of Denzel Valentine’s Instagram)

Denzel Valentine

  1. My music playlist will feature “Sacrifices” by Drake and “Ooh Kill ‘Em” by Meek Mill.
  2. My pregame routine will be to make sure I eat enough fruit.
  3. I’ll use this motivational quote: “Only the strong survive.”
  4. One thing I won’t do is eat unhealthy food to be more focused.
  5. My good-luck charm will be the work that I put in.
  6. For the road, I’ll pack toiletries for a long series, a couple nice outfits.
  7. My go-to, off-court outfit will be Y-3 or Nike.
  8. I will depend on God for advice.
  9. My personal goal is to be Rookie of the Year.
  10. If my team wins the championship, the first thing I’m going to do is go to Disney World!

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