Game Day with Sean May

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Sean May—the heralded 6'9" rookie power forward for the Charlotte Bobcats and leader of the 2005 North Carolina National Championship team—takes 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 omelet—nothing 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 college—a 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.

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Sean May—the heralded 6'9" rookie power forward for the Charlotte Bobcats and leader of the 2005 North Carolina National Championship team—takes 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 omelet—nothing 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 college—a 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.

Favorites
Food: Salmon
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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