Lake Buena Vista (Florida, USA), Sep 16 (EFE) .- Jamal Murray, the star point guard of the Denver Nuggets, who made it possible for his team to qualify for the Western Conference finals, after eliminating the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games (4-3), recognized that the problem of “mental health”, in the Orlando bubble, is real.
The Nuggets have already been isolated for more than 70 days in the bubble that the NBA has established at the Walt Disney World Resort, in Orlando (Florida), although they are eight wins away from getting the league title, that has not stopped Murray already other players who have experienced moments of depression.
Since the routine has real consequences that go beyond the basketball court.
The first to experience, feel and express these problems was Clippers star forward Paul George who at the end of last month spoke of being in a “dark place” mentally.
For his part, Murray told Sam Amick of The Athletic that he has been feeling it too.
“Paul George had said something about depression, about stress in the bubble, and it’s real … The fight for mental health is a real thing, and I could see it,” admitted Murray. “There are times when you think, ‘Man, sometimes I feel like I’m in jail.’ But you come back, you play basketball, you have good training, you talk to your teammates, and they are like brothers to me, so everything helps and everything. it works out. “
Murray said he’s essentially wrapped himself up in his daily routine of waking up at 9 a.m., working out, taking a nap, and returning to the court to train or play.
Sticking to your schedule is one way you can maintain your mental health and focus.
“It’s really real, and it’s hard to deal with, being away from family,” Murray noted. “… But for me, basketball is an addiction. I go to the pool, stop thinking about basketball, go back and get ready to start. When I put my basketball addiction, it shows on the court.”
Murray, who scored 40 points in the decisive seventh game, stressed that the maximum is required in physical preparation before each game, but especially in the mental section.
More than two months after the NBA’s most ambitious experiment yet, Murray seems to have found the right way to stay prepared.