The star base of the Denver Nuggets, Jamal murray, which made it possible for his team to qualify for the Western Conference finals, after eliminating the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games (4-3), acknowledged that the “mental health” problem, in the Orlando bubble, is real.
The Nuggets have already been 70 days isolated in the bubble that the NBA has established in the Walt Disney World Resort, in Orlando (Florida), although they are eight wins away from getting the league title, that has not stopped Murray and other players who have felt moments of depression.
Since the routine has real consequences that go beyond the basketball court. The first to experience, feel and manifest those problems was the Clippers’ star forward, Paul george, who at the end of last month spoke of being mentally in a “dark place.”
For its part, Murray, he told The Athletic’s Sam Amick that he has been feeling it too. “Paul George had said something about depression, about stress in the bubble, and it’s real … The fight for mental health is a real thing, and I could see it“Murray admitted.” There are times when you think, ‘Man, sometimes i feel like i’m in jail‘. But you come back, you play basketball, you have a good training session, you talk to your teammates, and they are like brothers to me, so everything helps and everything works out. “
Murray said he’s essentially wrapped up in his daily routine of waking up at 9 a.m., working out, taking a nap, and getting back on the court to practice or play. Sticking to your schedule is one way you can maintain your mental health and focus. “It is truly real, and it’s hard to deal with it, being away from family“Murray noted.” … But for me, basketball is an addiction. I go to the pool, stop thinking about basketball, go back and get ready to start. When I put my addiction to basketball, it shows on the court. “
Murray, who scored 40 points in the decisive seventh game, stressed that the maximum is required in physical preparation before each game, but especially in the mental section. More than two months after the NBA’s most ambitious experiment yet, Murray seems to have found the right way to stay prepared.
The Nuggets are heading into a final Western Conference showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers with Murray averaging 27.1 points; 6.4 assists and five rebounds per game. In addition, Murray has shown with his game and contribution, that as his work has greater prominence the team also becomes much more competitive and winning.
However, Murray, 23, reiterated that reaching that level of performance and commitment has not been an easy thing to achieve in an environment as unknown and unnatural as the Orlando bubble experiment, which has cost the NBA 150 million dollars to mount it. With a few weeks for Murray to return home and reunite with his familyStaying in control of your mental health will be as important as anything you do on the court.