Sean Maythe heralded 6'9" rookie power forward for the Charlotte Bobcats and leader of the 2005 North Carolina National Championship teamtakes us through a typical game day.
STACK: What's your morning like?
May: I normally get up at 9:00, about two hours before our 11:00 shootaround. I eat something light, like a bagel or omeletnothing too heavy. I don't really like to eat in the morning; plus it's hard for me to practice on a full stomach. I would rather eat a bigger pre-game meal. That's what I did in collegea filet, a bit of pasta, and asparagus, green beans or broccoli about four hours before a game.
STACK: So you eat, go to practice, then what?
May: We practice for about an hour. We run plays, talk about our opponent and get some shots up. Then I head home and go to sleep. I'll put on something slow, like Ray, or something I've seen, like La Bamba or Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and doze off.
I wake up about 3:30 and eat my pre-game meal about 4:00. I sit at the table, and especially when I'm home, I read some Bible scriptures, which is something I did a lot in college. Then, I just take a shower, get dressed and go to the gym.
STACK: Anything else you do at the gym?
May: I'll hop in the steam bath for a few minutes just to start sweating, go out and put up some shots, then just chill in the locker room and watch film.
STACK: Do you fire yourself up or stay calm before games?
May: I'm pretty even keel. I just relax, focus and think about what I have to do.
STACK: Do you consider your even keel an advantage, because so many players work to mentally get in the game?
May: Not really; it's just my personality. Some people mistake that for being lazy, but I'm just a chill person. Even with the National Championship game, I got a few butterflies just before tipoff, but that was it.
STACK: Do you listen to music when you relax before a game?
May: I listen as I'm driving to the gym. Some days it's Nickelback, others it's Jay-Z. I like Three Days Grace, Tupac; I'm all over the board.
STACK: Any rituals just before tipoff?
May: I say a prayer during the National Anthem to thank God for another opportunity to play, showcase my talent and give people some excitement.
STACK: What's the biggest difference between your college and professional pre-game routines?
May: I didn't take a nap before any game I played in college. There were just so many more things eating up my time. Now, I'm done with practice at 12, and there are eight hours before the game.
Car: Range Rover
Video Game: Call of Duty
Movie: La Bamba
Actor: Denzel Washington or Will Smith
Actress: Jessica Biel or Halle Berry
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