You have probably been wondering what’s the dillio with your favorite NBA players and/or owners with regards to how they stay hydrated and what they do when they have become sufficiently hydrated. That is a totally normal thing to worry about, so no big deal.
But enough about wondering — let’s get in to some hot hydration talk. First up, LeBron James, who is very thirsty. From ESPN (via PBT):
James has a new sidekick these days — a gallon jug filled with water that he tugs around just about wherever he goes. James vows to drink those fluids every day during the playoffs, usually before practices, and even after games start. It is a routine he began several years ago in the postseason, an effort to increase hydration.
“Playoff sweat is different than regular season sweat,” James said Thursday morning as he grabbed his jug, by then about 60 percent empty, on his way to the Heat’s bus following shootaround at the Wells Fargo Center.
“It’s not always easy to drink it all but I think it helps.”
Cool. Good to know that LeBron is really thirsting for a championship. That after a seven-year championship drought, he’s planted the seeds of success and is now watering them and watching them bloom. Other water puns of this nature.
But really, Nike should file away “Playoff sweat is different than regular season sweat” for a future ad campaign, because that is just a golden explosion of veteran savvy. And speaking of golden explosions — that’s what we call a segue in the blog biz — here’s Mark Cuban’s latest run-in with drinking stuff. From ESPN, but a different part:
It was an ominous defeat for a franchise that has suffered its share, including the infamous Game 3 debacle in the 2006 Finals to the Miami Heat. Less than seven minutes away from taking a 3-0 lead, Dallas coughed up a 13-point cushion and lost four consecutive games.
Back then, Dwyane Wade did the damage. Saturday night it was Portland guard Brandon Roy, who scored 18 points in the remarkable fourth quarter, including the game-winner with 39.2 seconds to play. Cuban left his seat behind the bench soon after, but he said he didn’t leave out of disgust, but rather a full bladder after drinking several Diet Cokes.
“Trust me, emotions didn’t have anything to do with it,” Cuban said. “You can ask the lady who was feeding me Cokes.”
There you go. Mark Cuban didn’t skip out on the Mavs because he was sad they were blowing a big lead, it was because he had to make some yellow. Understandable, even if that’s a classic case of bad bladder management. Everyone knows you have to go peeps before the fourth quarter so you don’t miss anything good. Come on, Mark Cuban. That is not the kind of leadership your team needs. Get it together, man.
Now you are all up-to-date on the latest and greatest drinking/peeing news in the NBA. Thanks for enjoying this valuable update. Come back next week when we talk about poops.