The most memorable warm-ups
NBA players are mostly creatures of habit, who stick to the same routines in order to maximize their chances of success. Thus, some pre-game warm-ups have unsurprisingly become trademarks recognized by fans all over the world.
Chalk toss: There is no routine more iconic than the chalk toss, which was introduced by the legendary Michael Jordan and subsequently adopted by both Kevin Garnett and LeBron James. Pouring chalk on the hands is a well-known technique for improving grip, and their playful renditions gets the announcers and the crowds involved, while being featured on billboards across the globe.
Ball-handling and deep threes: Although basketball is a sport played by millions, few fans have mastered it to the extent that NBA players have. It is always a treat to watch players going through dribbling drills or to marvel at their long-range marksmanship. No one combines these two elements better than Stephen Curry, who pulls a series of remarkable ball-handling maneuvers before draining a shot from way beyond the arc to conclude his warm-up.
Touching the rim: Besides skill, players in the League often have enviable athleticism, which they are happy to showcase on a nightly basis. Renowned high-flyer Vince Carter would do a pull-up using the rim before kissing it, while veteran Dwyane Wade does three pull-ups in honor of his jersey number
Emotions: Few players are more intense than Garnett, and this even shows up in his pre-game routine. ‘The Big Ticket’ would stare at the stanchion beneath the basket, before smashing his head against the support to get fired up for the game. This presented an intimidating sight to any opponent unfortunate enough to witness his unusual routine.