Through out the years we have seen a lot of weird pre game rituals like LeBron throwing chalk in the air and Russell Westbrook doing weird dances for several minutes. NBA players sometimes feel that it is necessary to do pre game rituals because they believe that it gives them good luck to play better. Most of the big stars in the NBA do some kind of ritual before a game that they either just created for luck or a ritual that they have been doing most of their basketball careers that they believe they need to play better. Dwight Howard once told a reporter that he sits on the "Throne of Grace" before every game to get all of the bad stuff out, so only the good stuff comes out during each game, and the Throne of Grace is actually just the toilet.
Millions of fans like watching players do their pre game rituals because it shows that the players are going to put up a great game against the other team, so it hypes up the crowd. A lot of players will create their own pre game rituals for publicity and because they enjoy doing something fun before each game that helps motivate them to play better. A fun fact about pre game rituals is that LeBron did not create his weird famous chalk toss, but actually got it from the one and only Michael Jordan! Jordan would go to the broadcasters table before each game and release the chalk into their faces, so the broadcasters at one point put on masks to cover their mouths and noses before each game to prevent the chalk from getting into their bodies.
I will now be listing the top 15 weirdest pre game rituals that we have seen throughout the years.
15 LeBron's Chalk Toss
14 Michael Jordan's Chalk Toss
13 Shaquille O'Neal Goes Bowling
12 Charles Oakley/Lee Ritual
11 Jason Terry's Superstitions
10 Dwyane Wade's Pull Ups
9 Monta Ellis - Wax Hands
8 Danny Green's "Jump Around" Dance
7 Steve Kerr's Pre Game Meal
6 Rajon Rondo's Passes
5 Carmelo Anthony's Inspection
4 Russell Westbrook Dances
3 Steph Curry Sprints
2 Joakim Noah "Force"
1 KG Head Bang
Kevin Garnett has won the no.1 spot on this list for weird pregame rituals! Garnett before every game goes under the basketball hoop and smashes his head a couple of times against the long foamy part of the hoop. This is straight up weird, I guess he believes that banging his head against the basket brings some good luck towards him and his teammates every game. But wouldn't banging your head make you a little discombobulated? Couldn't that hurt your chances?
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