It's a historic weekend in Memphis as the Grizzlies look to dig out of an 0-2 deficit Saturday night in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs.
This is the franchise's first conference finals appearance.
We know athletes have their special ways of preparing for games. They have rituals. Grizzlies public address announcer Rick Trotter knows all of the players' rituals. Before has to be energetic in front of over 18,000 inside the FedExForum, Trotter gets pumped up for games by watching the players go through their rituals before they check in the game.
"Each of them has a little ritual they do, whether it's Marc Gasol slapping the scorers table," Trotter said. "Jerryd Bayless likes to run his hand through the chalk before he comes into the game. Z-Bo (Zach Randolph) comes down press row, fist bumping people. All those things get me going."
Just like the players Trotter has his pregame rituals, including special exercises he does before each game. He stays hydrated on game days and does several vocal exercises.
"This is kind of embarrassing because I'm used to doing this by myself and I don't have to worry about what it looks like," he said. "So, I massage my face to get my embouchure ready for all this enunciating I am about to do."
Trotter is in his seventh season with the Grizzlies.
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