Friday, March 2, 2012
From Linsanity to Linsomnia
By Ian Begley
The city that never sleeps is apparently home to the basketball team that never sleeps.
Knicks guard J.R. Smith confirmed that a doctor visited the team Thursday to provide tips on how to get to a good night's sleep.
"It was really just to make sure we get our rest, make sure we don't oversleep and make sure we don't under sleep," Smith said. "Sleep is such a big part of our everyday lifestyle, especially going out there and exerting so much energy on the court, so we have to catch up on rest as much as we can."
Listen to the complete interview:
In an appearance on ESPN New York 1050's "The Michael Kay Show," Steve Novak said some Knicks might have trouble falling asleep after games because of the adrenaline rush they get while playing at the Garden.
"It has a lot to do with just being so amped when we leave the game and our adrenaline's up and we're so juiced that when you leave, it's hard to go to sleep," Novak told Kay and Don La Greca.
Smith said he's still adjusting to life in a new time zone. He spent nearly five months playing in China during the lockout.
"After the games it's kind of hard for me to sleep anyway. The adrenaline still pumps," Smith said. "A lot of time I really don't get a chance to go to sleep until 1:30, 2 o’clock in the morning after the games. Just trying to cut all the lights out in my room and try to get bed as early as possible."
The doctor suggested players listen to sleep-inducing relaxation music to get to bed.
"It's kind of weird when you first heard the voices on there," Smith said. "I'm sure we'll get used to it."
Mike D'Antoni laughed when asked about the visit from the doctor, who he said is one of the tools the team uses to ensure the players' well-being.
"It is New York, right?" he said, adding "Normally when I talk to [the players] it puts them to sleep."
Not all Knicks are up late at night after games.
Jeremy Lin, the player who has created all of the hysteria, is one of several players who have no problem falling asleep.
"I can pretty much sleep whenever or wherever," he said.