Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa has been in the NBA a long time. The 33-year-old is entering his 14th season. But still, even at his age, whenever the Suns need a spark off the bench, they send in The Brazilian Blur.
Last year, Barbosa averaged 15.9 minutes, 6.4 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game—enough to help the Golden State Warriors make it back to the Finals for the second season in a row.
So what keeps Barbosa consistently producing on the court? Besides the horse medicine he drinks every morning, it’s the hard work he puts in during the off-season.
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Recently, Barbosa posted some of his workouts on his Instagram, and like his choice of drink, they are unusual. In a couple of videos below, Barbosa uses a mini-trampoline and a med ball to help him prepare for next season.
The mini-trampoline has an unstable surface, which challenges Barbosa’s balance and core. The med ball also works his core. When he uses the equipment at the same time, it simulates Barbosa running around on the court dishing passes to his teammates.
The resistance band in the next video forces Barbosa to sit back into a deep athletic position and strengthens his glutes—two keys for preventing knee injuries. Barbosa had major knee surgery three years ago.
Barbosa also performs resistance running and agility drills in the sand to improve his footwork and explosion.
Barbosa might not be as fast as he was during the “Seven Seconds or Less” Suns, but his speed still impacts games when he comes off the bench.