Before the Oklahoma City Thunder can tip-off and start flying up and down a basketball court, they have to get ready. I’m not talking about pregame speeches, stretches or warmups.
I’m talking about their intricate, developed, extravagant pregame routine.
Professional athletes are strange creatures. They live in a world where thousands of people pay to watch them do their job, a job in which they’re paid millions of dollars to do. They travel all over the world playing this game, they build incredible relationships with teammates and live in a daily grind and routine.
They’re weird. They know it too. And so they embrace it, accept it and come up with strange handshakes, routines and rituals along the way. I’m not saying the Thunder’s is the best. But the fact it seems to be such an important part, speaks to the chemistry of this group. Other teams give some quick high-fives and handshakes and walk out onto the floor. The Thunder go through a handshake assembly line. Keep Reading…