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Watch: DeJuan Blair gets in the zone with elaborate pregame ritual

DeJuan Blair's minutes have diminished, but his spirit hasn't. DeJuan Blair's minutes have diminished, but his spirit hasn't. (Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

DeJuan Blair has been out of the Spurs' rotation for months, a victim of the specific quirks of San Antonio's lineups and the more general difficulty of carving out playing time on a deep roster. Yet Blair has made the most of his limited minutes this season, putting up numbers that when extrapolated to 36 minutes would equal a line of 13.9 points (on 52 percent shooting), 9.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals. It's a gift to be able to produce in unreliable minutes, but the secret to Blair's consistent readiness is undoubtedly his thorough pregame ritual -- a choreographed affair that channels Blair's energies toward the challenges of the game to come. Observe (via Spurs.com):


This is Blair in his natural habitat, and it is something to behold. What really gets me are the two Spurs/AT&T Center staffers who know the moves step-for-step; Blair's sequence alone is quite the ritual, but this bit really takes on a life of its own as a group number.