From Michael Jordan’s obsession with rocking North Carolina shorts under his Chicago Bulls shorts during games to Serena Williams’ need to bounce the tennis ball five times before her first serve, athletes have long been believers that superstitions give them the added edge they need to get in the zone before games.
Every week we’ll take a look at superstitions athletes and coaches from around the country implement.
This week we caught up with Callaway (Callaway, Miss.) shooting guard Malik Newman.
The Superstition: Nap Pacing
The Breakdown: “Well, before I play in a game I like to take a nap for about an hour then when I get up I don’t like to sit still. It’s kinda weird because I go from being sleepy and taking a nap to the guy who just can’t stay still for nothing. I feel crazy moving around constantly, but it’s just a habit. I think it’s because I get nervous before games.”
The Why: “Well, the nap calms me down and me moving around, in a crazy way, that calms me down too. It takes my mind off going out there and playing. It’s kinda like an escape for me. That always helps when I’m headed into a game.”
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