What does a typical day look like for an NBA rookie? I don’t know if there is a “typical” day, but the following pretty closely approximates what a weekday non-game day looks like for me.
From High school basketball to BYU and now on the Dallas Mavericks I wake up at 7:15 a.m. The very first thing I like to do when I wake up is read over my goals. I love to close my eyes and visualize me having success throughout the day and moving forward in achieving my goals. I like to read something wholesome (scriptures, good quotes), and pray. I will always do those 3 things every morning to help get me in a good state of mind. I believe my morning routine is unique and this is what gives me an edge. I always talk about doing the little things and this is something that may seem little, but it’s created great success for me.
After that I walk to the practice facility while drinking 1 liter of water. By 8 a.m. I arrive at the arena and eat breakfast and relax for 10 minutes. I usually have an omelet and some fruit and oatmeal. I then make my morning green smoothie (subscribe to the newsletter to get the recipe). Sometimes in the morning I wake up sore and stiff so it’s all about loosening my body up before practice. I love to sit in the hot tub for 10 minutes and stretch while I’m in there.
Since I’m nice and loose and warm after the hot tub I roll out my legs and loosen my ankles and feet. I go get changed and taped and review some film on my ipad for about 10 minutes. I go to the bathroom and then go out and get early work in before weights starts. I like to find something specific I want to work on and work on it for 30 minutes.
At BYU we practiced in the afternoons, but now with the Dallas Mavericks practice starts at 9:30 a.m. I start with weights, where we do a lot of explosive lifting. We like to go slow down and explode up on all of our lifts. With our squat we get our feet pretty wide and go slow down and explode up as fast as we can. We do the same with our upper body lifts too. It’s all about being quick and explosive so that’s how we train.
Similar to at BYU our practices are about 2 hours long. We run through the plays a lot and work on execution. We compete against each other a lot and we get up and down and play. It’s pretty hands on and intense for about 2 hours a day.
Post-Practice Practice and Recovery
I Work with God ShammGod on my ball handling and pull up jumpers. If you don’t know who that is check out this video from YouTube.
He created a move called the ShammGod of “El Latigo” (the whip) which is famous still to this day. He played college at Providence and played Pro basketball for about 10 years.
Right when I’m done with everything I drink a lot of water and have a protein shake with some fruit. I try to get the protein shake and fruit right away to help start the recovery process. On days that I’m really sore I will ride the bike for 5 minutes to push out some of the lactic acid.
I will then roll out on foam roller and stretch with a band. This usually is about 10 minutes max. I don’t like to jump in the cold pool all tight and stiff. I want to be nice and loose and then get in the cold pool.
I get specific treatment depending on what I need and then hit the cold pool for 10 minutes. The cold pool is about 52 degrees and I get in waist-deep.
Finally, I take a shower and eat at the arena. By the time I’m eating it’s been about 40 minutes post practice and it’s important that I eat soon so I can hit that anabolic window and help maximize recovery. I will bring food home with me and eat again an hour and a half later. I like to get a lot of food in after practice. Before I leave the arena I make a smoothie and walk back home (around 2 p.m. finish with practice and everything).
When I get home I will spend about 15 minutes watching some film and looking over some plays. I’ve played positions 1-4 so far during camp, so I need to make sure I have all the plays done super good. After I watch film I take a complete mental and physical break from basketball. Right after film it’s time to relax and think about something else.
Some days we come back around 6 p.m. and get up some extra work. On these days when I get home from practice around 2pm I try to take a little nap.
Since college at BYU during my downtime I love to work on my blog, read, and watch movies. I usually just sit and chill because I’m so tired. I love to cook food so I will usually make dinner for myself. There is a Whole Foods not far from me so about 2-3 times a week I go to whole foods and get groceries.
Right now I am watching a TV show called Longmire so I will usually watch one episode of that. I also try to read for at least 30 minutes. I’m currently reading a book by Tony Robbins purchase here that helps you take care of your money and know how to save.
I also love to spend time working on my blog and writing post and answering comments and questions people send me.
Something else that is unique about me is that I go to bed pretty early. I went to bed pretty early at BYU as well. I try to be asleep by 10:30 p.m., but that usually ends up being 11:00 p.m. by the time I fall asleep. I usually get about 8 hours of sleep. I try to get a full hour of sleep in before midnight because they say that any hour of sleep before midnight is worth two hours because it allows you to get into a deep sleep. So I try to get at least one full hour before midnight.
And that is what a day looks like for me being a Professional Athlete with the Dallas Mavericks!
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