Ask any player what their pre-game ritual is and they'll give you a very defined answer. They have a set time to eat pasta, set time to get shots up, and a set time to just relax. Routine is what makes professional athletes professional. It's what separates them from me, throwing darts at a calendar to decide when's the best time to hit the gym.
This week, the Raptors got to break from their routine. After a road game in Brooklyn, they were scheduled to travel to Washington by train, not by plane. Matt Devlin and Jack Armstrong were talkative on this matter, earning this Meme of the Week.
The break in routine gave the Raptors something to post about. After all, trains have LTE and planes do not. With that and a tour of the White House on the itinerary, it was a busy go of it for this columnnist.
Let's start with Jonas Valanciunas, working the Gaussian blur and the uber-European toque in Penn Station - the leader for worst place on Planet Earth.
Into the White House now, here's Kyle Lowry posing underneath a portrait of George Washington, an equally gritty and solid performer in my humble opinion.
DeMar DeRozan having a team meeting in the Blue Room, discussing the budgetary requirements necessary to resign him on a max deal.
We move now to DeMarre Carroll, who's been open all season on social media. I'm betting he'll be a bit quieter as he heads into rehab -- most players are -- but he offered his love to fans before entering temporary silence.
Earlier in the week, he mused on being a Dad...
If you are a Parent... You know about Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!!! I been watching this for 3 hours straight pic.twitter.com/9PEdiGBo1r— DeMarre Carroll (@DeMarreCarroll1) January 1, 2016
Then offered a very Dad opinion on Ubers.
My Question to the World: Are Ubers safe Anymore?!?— DeMarre Carroll (@DeMarreCarroll1) December 30, 2015
We finish off with Patrick Patterson, revealing the secret to Terrence Ross' improved performances in late December and January. Here he is offering a bit of Lance Stephenson inspiration during warmups.
See you next week.