When something seems to be working for the Spurs, and they refuse to discuss on it, you know it is bound to be something extraordinary. You know you’ve discovered something really interesting when former Air Force intelligence officer and current Spurs coach Gregg Popovich goes through the trouble of hiding or covering exclusive information. That’s how we come to find ourselves talking quietly about the mystery of cold-pressed juice.
Some of the superstars of the San Antonio Spurs have created this magical juice that might be the key to their success. Kawhi Leonard’s custom cold-pressed juice has been named “Kawhi-Zilla” by Spurs staff, and features strawberry, watermelon, lemon and chia seed. LaMarcus Aldridge drinks one with a label that reads “LaLa Leave My Juice Alone,” which is a mixture of pineapple, orange, strawberry, spinach and secrecy. For the last three years, nearly every player on San Antonio’s roster drinks the magic juice made by the Spurs Staff and it is made for the ultimate recovery. The juices contain all sorts of fruits, vegetables and nutrients to help the players recovery faster for their next game.
This Magic Juice may or may not actually work but over the last decade the Spurs have ranked first in the league with only 1,054 missed games to injury. During the 2015-16 season, Spurs players missed only 59 games due to injury. Is this juice the real deal? “Man, we ain’t gonna talk about that,” Leonard says. “It’s just juice.” The great Greg Popovich talked about how when he first became a part of the Spurs organization he was the trainer. “You guys get over there and lift those weights over there. You guys go over here … 10 times, yeah, that’s it. That’s a good weight.’ Seriously, that’s what it was like. Now, I get on the bus, and no sooner than we sit on the bus last night after the game, Will Sevening, our trainer comes on: ‘Water, water, water.’ He’s giving everybody [these drinks and says], ‘The sooner you eat, the sooner you rehydrate, the sooner you get the protein back in and the electrolytes and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, the more you’re gonna recover for tomorrow night’s game.’ And all that sort of thing. So none of that existed back in the day. Not a bit”
The Spurs have gone up 2-1 in the series with the Rockets, the Spurs have looked dominating especially Kawhi leading the charge. Is this Magic Juice part of the Spurs success? Only time will tell on with the old fashioned Spurs.