Hood: No, but I do have a bad habit of taking pillows. I’ll take
a pillow, especially if I’m gonna be on the bus a while. I get
nicks, spasms, things like that. So I’ll just take pillows for my
Nance: If it’s a long trip, I do.
Hill: No, but I have. I donate it to the homeless shelters.
Dekker: If it smells really good, I do.
Any road superstitions?
Dekker: Yeah, I never bring a toothbrush on the road with
me, or toothpaste. The first thing I do when I get to the hotel:
I get in the room, I put my stuff down and I call down for a
dental kit and they bring it up.
It started in college and it became a thing and we were
winning a lot. So now I never bring a toothbrush on the road.
Osman: No. Mostly, I just text to my parents that I’m good
when we land and get to the hotel.
Hood: I always pray before I get on the plane. You just never
know, with all the turbulence and stuff.
Frye: I always sit in the same seat, for the most part. And I
always check the movie when I get to the room. The first
thing I do is check what movies they have to rent. I check to
see what I haven’t seen, and if there’s something good, I’ll be
like: ‘Ahhh, I don’t want to go to dinner.’
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Smith: I don’t know if this is a superstition, but: Don’t go
anywhere by yourself.
Clarkson: Nah, but I DO believe in ghosts. And there’s been
a couple of hotels that I’ve stayed where the room, I feel like
I’ve heard stuff before. But who knows?
Nance: Well, the hotels we stay at in Oklahoma City and
Milwaukee are haunted, so therefore I stay down the street.
The Skirvin (in Oklahoma City) – I’m sure it’s a lovely
hotel. But I’ll get off the bus, get my bags and walk to the
Intercontinental down the street. Lou Williams taught me
What’s the first thing
you do when you get
home from a road trip?
Osman: Just chill on the
iPad or phone. Just watch
what happened today, like
read today’s news on the
phone to see if I’ve missed
something. Or maybe
watch highlights from the
Nance: Play with the dogs.
Zizic: Play video games.
What else do you want
me to do at 3:00 a.m. or
something like that? I can’t
go to sleep.
Hood: Hug my two-yearold
son. He always runs to me whenever I come in the house.
Smith: First thing I do when I get home? Kiss my kids.
Hill: Probably play with my son and my daughter. Kiss them,
give them a big hug. Kiss my wife. Just tell them how much I
love them and how much I missed them.