Memphis Grizzlies Players Share Their Game Superstitions

Memphis Grizzlies Players Share Their Game Superstitions

What does a little piece of plastic on a shoe, or a bowl of pasta mean for members of the Memphis Grizzlies? Everything if it is game day.
SAN ANTONIO, TX (abc24.com) - What does a little piece of plastic on a shoe, or a bowl of pasta mean for members of the Memphis Grizzlies? Everything if it is game day.

"I have a whole bunch of traditions and rituals but I can't really tell you," said Quincy Pondexter. "I'm a real superstitious guy so I can't really tell you."

But after pressing, Pondexter opened up, at least when it comes to his shoes.

"I have my tag on my shoe, I never take it off of any shoe," said Pondexter.

For Mike Conley, it is all about the pre-game meal.

"I have to eat pasta, before I leave, so I make sure I have the pasta ready to go," he said.

There are a lot of pastas out there, but Conley has his favorites.

"I just used to be straight marinara and noodles and kept it simple, but sometimes I get a ziti or penne pasta or something with meat sauce," Conley said.

"I'm not really superstitious like that, I just go on back and take a nap and get ready for the game," said Jerryd Bayless.

"No superstitions, none of that," said Zach Randolph.

Pondexter says there is some method to the madness.

"A lot of players are superstitious, it is a long season so you want to get into the same rhythm, you want to be in the rhythm of doing the same thing everyday. Over and over again," he said.

You can bet all these rituals will be in full effect with Game 2 in the Western Conference Finals set for Tuesday night.

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