By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During the late ’90s, Darrell Armstrong made a name for himself as an energy guy off the bench with the Orlando Magic. How did he fuel this energy? By drinking several cups of coffee before every game and eating chocolate at halftime. Unconventional, perhaps, but whatever — it worked for Armstrong.
Yesterday, the Washington Post‘s Dan Steinberg talked to Wizards guard John Wall about his own pregame routine, and discovered that Wall has his own unique procedure…
“I just like hot chocolate that much,” he explained. “It’s a habit. I have one before the game and one in the morning. If I don’t get one in the morning [on off days], I’ll at least get two after practice to go home.”
Someone suggested that Wall adds extra sugar packets to the McDonald’s drink; “only like one or two,” he said. “Not too much. They make it extra chocolatey and stuff, so it’s good.”
And teammates are well aware of Wall’s habit.
“All the time,” Garrett Temple said. “He has to have his hot chocolate before the game. It gets him up. People do a lot of stuff before games.”
“It’s spilled a couple times in my locker area,” Drew Gooden said. “You know, we share a locker [area], so I definitely know about the hot chocolate.”
And why McDonald’s hot chocolate? Just chalk it up to personal taste.
“I don’t know. It’s just good to me,” Wall said, adding that he started the habit while in grade school. “Some people use coffee and Red Bull. This just gets me ready.”