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What the Bulls call 'routine' others might call 'superstitious'

May 12, 2013|By Bryan Crawford, For RedEye

Whether they like to admit it or not, athletes are a superstitious bunch. Some guys need to take the same route to the arena before every game. Some pitchers don't like to step on the base lines when they leave the mound and head to the dugout. You hear all sorts of crazy things athletes do to not jinx themselves.

Basketball players are no different. Some guys have to wear certain shoes or get dressed the same way every time. Others listen to a certain kind of music or song, and still others like to read.

Even Michael Jordan, had superstitions. M.J. had to wear his North Carolina practice shorts underneath his Bulls game shorts, and he always ate steak and potatoes before every game.

The current Bulls have their own things they like to do to prepare themselves. However, they don't refer to them as "superstitions" or "rituals." Instead they call it their "routine."

RedEye asked the Bulls if they had any superstitions—er, routines—they adhere to before games, and we got some interesting (and funny) answers.

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Taj Gibson

A few of us hang out in the steam room before the game and just all clown around. It's usually the funny guys on the team who do it. We just go in there, get a nice sweat going on, crack jokes and then come out and just play.

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Daequan Cook

Not really. I don't do much, just chill. I might watch a little TV sometimes to take my mind off the game, but that's about it.

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Rip Hamilton

I always take a shower like right before the game. It helps me to relax.

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Carlos Boozer

Not really a superstition as I would call it, but usually I'll take a nap during the day and then get to the arena three hours before the game and get some shots up. That's about it.

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Jimmy Butler

I always text my best friend from college before games and she always texts me back with some goofy emojis about every team. I always text my mom before every game and I always eat Potbelly.

[Note: Butler also said he LOVES Potbelly sugar cookies! Then again, who doesn't?]

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Kirk Hinrich

Nope.

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Nazr Mohammed

I try to get to the arena around the same time before games. I also like to get in a light lift before I play. I wouldn't necessarily call that a ritual; it's more like a routine you get into to help you get ready to play.

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Bryan Crawford is a RedEye special contributor. @bryancraw4d

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