We here at That NBA Lottery Pick learn plenty things about NBA players on a daily basis and the latest baller that we got to know better was Nets guard Jason Terry.
Recently, Terry was the focal point of an interview article by the New York Times Andrew Keh who provided a short list of Terry’s pre-game rituals:
The night before each game, he wears the opposing team’s uniform shorts to bed, a habit that tests his wife’s patience. On game day, a few hours before tipoff, he eats a meal that involves chicken. On the court, a headband and high socks have been must-wear accessories since college. If he misses consecutive shots during the first quarter, he changes his sneakers during the next intermission.
As you might figure, these rituals date back to Terry’s days at Arizona and below is how he started the shorts/chicken ritual:
But his winning attitude began, really, during his college years at Arizona, where he won the 1997 national championship. It is no coincidence that the rituals and superstitions began then, too. Sleeping in basketball shorts, for instance, started the night before the championship game against Kentucky. He and Mike Bibby, his roommate, were so amped up to play that they could not fall asleep.
“We were like: ‘Let’s just get ready for this game. Let’s get the uniform on. We’re going to be ready,’ ” Terry said, imitating their youthful aggression. “And we got to the game and ended up winning, so it’s something I kept doing.”
During the national championship run at Arizona, he ate chicken fingers before every game. But as he continued as a professional, his age and metabolism necessitated a move away from fried foods. He eats grilled or rotisserie chicken now, maintaining the old rituals’ spirit.
“I can’t deviate from chicken,” Terry said. “It has to be chicken.”
Terry image courtesy of Getty Images