Pre-match Antetokounmpo routine: nap, shooting, ice ...

The forward of Milwaukee Bucks is next to Harden the great candidate for the MVP. "His routine is exaggerated, I know where he's going to be at every moment," says Middleton.


"Your routine is exaggerated. I know where you are going to be every second before a game starts.When you see that you are not doing it, you realize that there is something wrong". That is how Khris Middleton defines the obsessive rules that his teammate in Milwaukee Bucks Yannis Antetokounmpo has imposed before each duel. The Greek adopted a particular discipline pre-encounter in his fourth year in the NBA according to a report from the ESPN.

Ese year, the forward was chosen to play for the first time the All Star Game and, in this, in which is in full fight with James Harden by the MVP of the Regular Season, has not changed a few rituals adopted for efficiency and not for eccentricity, and that have led him to make a quantitative leap in their numbers. In 2017, he averaged 23.2 points and 8.9 rebounds; in 2018, 26.3 and 9.8; and in this is in 30.4 and 13.7 with the Bucks already as Eastern Conference champions and a single victory to overcome the barrier of 60 victories for the first time since 1972.

For Antetokounmpo the routine begins with a little nap after the shooting session in the morning before a home game, says Malika Andrews in the US media. "If I do not do it, I can not play", says the Hellene about a habit that his father instilled in him when he was 14 years old. With the batteries recharged, it goes to the pavilion. There he arrives without wearing flashy attire. A strangeness in the NBA world. Only a jacket and pants. "It is spending energy to see you well for five seconds", he explains.

Repetition in the shot

Your first contact in the pavilion is with Laura Tietjen, her physiotherapist, with whom she performs a series of stretches before jumping on the court. Already in it, the shots begin, mainly from the middle distance. Simple and realistic. Neither spectacular or surprising releases as would Curry and Harden. Only muscle is sought for memory with constant repetition: Antetokounmpo is not a great long distance thrower (25.6% this course). Then comes the turn from the free throw line before taking the road to the locker room ... once he has greeted everyone on the court: from ball boys to security members.

In the locker room, relaxation. Two sessions of 15 minutes embedded in a NormaTec, a suit that uses a large part of the North American League and that massages and tightens muscles to increase blood flow. Then the ice arrives: another two sessions of 15 minutes each.

Except for his companions and his coaches, he does not talk to anyone else during this whole process. There is no time for the press. The concentration is total in a player who during the stage that coincided with Thon Maker in Milwaukee went with him to the chapel one hour before the meetings. With the departure of the African, the religious visit is already history. All this process, which includes the Budenholzer's previous talk, can take you to Greek for about six hours ... all for an MVP. All for an NBA ring.



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