Posted April 22, 2013

Watch: DeJuan Blair gets in the zone with elaborate pregame ritual

DeJuan Blair, Rob Mahoney, San Antonio Spurs
DeJuan Blair's minutes have diminished, but his spirit hasn't.

DeJuan Blair’s minutes have diminished, but his spirit hasn’t. (Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

DeJuan Blair has been out of the Spurs’ rotation for months, a victim of the specific quirks of San Antonio’s lineups and the more general difficulty of carving out playing time on a deep roster. Yet Blair has made the most of his limited minutes this season, putting up numbers that when extrapolated to 36 minutes would equal a line of 13.9 points (on 52 percent shooting), 9.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals. It’s a gift to be able to produce in unreliable minutes, but the secret to Blair’s consistent readiness is undoubtedly his thorough pregame ritual — a choreographed affair that channels Blair’s energies toward the challenges of the game to come. Observe (via Spurs.com):

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This is Blair in his natural habitat, and it is something to behold. What really gets me are the two Spurs/AT&T Center staffers who know the moves step-for-step; Blair’s sequence alone is quite the ritual, but this bit really takes on a life of its own as a group number.

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