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Compared to playing in Greece, where I played a year ago, the travel schedule is hectic in the NBA. There are a ton more games in the NBA and the length of the season is much longer.

It’s been hard re-adjusting to this schedule. There have been times where my body just broke down this year, but that’s part of the business. You have to fight through that and remain consistent and effective.

However, in the NBA, the actual travel is a lot more comfortable. I think that is primarily due to the fact that we travel so much more.

In Europe, we stayed at some nice hotels, but it’s a different culture over there. Obviously, things in Europe are a lot smaller, whereas we have a lot more space over here.

One major difference is that in Greece, I knew that I was home one week and that I was gone the next week. You kind of develop a rhythm.

With the Suns, our schedule fluctuates all the time. In the NBA, you basically just have to keep a bag packed. For example, I buy two of everything as far as toiletries are concerned and I literally keep a toiletry bag packed because it makes things that much easier.

Here’s what a typical travel day is like for me (this was the itinerary from a recent trip to Sacramento):

8:30 a.m. – Arrive at the arena, get taped, receive treatment

9:00 a.m. – Lift weights, go through work out with strength coach

10:00 a.m. – Practice

11:45 a.m. – Post-practice media, shower, get ready for trip

12:30 p.m. – Bus to the airport

1:00 p.m. – Lunch on the plane

2:00 p.m. – Watch movies, read or nap on the plane

4:00 p.m. – Arrive in Sacramento and take bus to hotel

4:30 p.m. – Relax in room

6:00 p.m. – Dinner

8:00 p.m. – Check out a movie. In Sacramento, it was “Sucker Punch.” (It was o.k. I can’t say I was a huge fan of it)

11:00 p.m. – Back in hotel room relaxing, playing video games

Here’s the next day:

8:30 a.m. – Wake up to work out at hotel’s gym with five other players and members of the training staff

9:30 a.m. – Bus to arena for practice

10:00 a.m. – Shootaround

11:00 a.m. – Talk with media about game at night

11:30 a.m. – Bus returns to hotel

12:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:00 p.m. – Nap

3:30 p.m. – Pregame meal

4:30 p.m. – Bus to arena for game

5:00 p.m. – Get taped, receive treatment

5:30 p.m. – Pregame shootaround and lift. We do about a 30-45 minute lift on game days. Someone like Grant does light weights because he’s playing 30-plus minutes a night. Garret, Zabian and myself get a little bit of a heavier lift in because we play less minutes than him.

6:15 p.m. – Locker room closes and team goes over game plan

7:00 p.m. Game

10:00 p.m. – Talk to media postgame

10:30 p.m. – Bus leaves for airport

1:00 a.m. – Arrive back in Phoenix

1:30 a.m. – Get home and go to sleep

Diet and Rest

I’ve heard that Steve keeps a sleep journal, but I don’t think I’d be able to do that. That’s meticulous!

It’s probably a great idea, though. That way you know why you feel tired or why you don’t. You could figure out some things and take out some variables.

But I will tell you, one thing I always do is take a nap on game days. I couldn’t imagine not doing that. It’s vital!

As far as my diet is concerned, I’m pretty consistent with eating pretty healthy. I make sure I get a ton of fruits and vegetables.

On the days I don’t have a game or practice (my off-, off-days) that’s when I eat whatever I want.

Road Trips

Generally, when we’re on the road we go to the movies or to dinner. Sometimes I’ll head to the mall to just so I can walk around and just get out of the hotel.

On longer trips, I take my XBox and I will battle it out with Channing. Our rooms are side-by-side and we’ll play against each other. Right now, we’re playing Marvel vs. Capcom against each other.

The places I look forward to traveling to the most are L.A. and Atlanta because I have family in both of those cities. The other city I look forward to spending time in is Toronto.

Sometimes we’ll try to take advantage of being in a city where we can do something cultural. On the last trip to Washington D.C., we went to the Holocaust Museum.

One of the beauties of Twitter is that when we’re in a new city, people give you suggestions of restaurants to go to or things to go see. Otherwise, you will normally find me at the mall or the movies.

On the road, I just try to maintain as much of a normal life as possible.

  • PaulPinewood

    Great idea with this informations, Josh! I would like read more what you and other Suns do. I like your offensive style and I hope next season will be crucial for Phoenix. In my opinion we need even more off. rebounds (this is what you can do exellent) and a little bit better defense and we will be really great team. So, good luck for all of you and… go Suns! Thanks again!

  • http://yahoo drew

    Josh, tons of people think by the Suns geeting you they maded a big mistake. Not trying to be mean, they are some that think you are a bust! I’m a big Suns fan from way back, and I know you don’t get the minutes but if you dedicated, you can blossome! Look how Derick Rose up him game, as well as Dwight Howard. On the off season Dwight Howard and Kobe hire Hakeem Olajawon to help developed their game, why don’t you do something like that? Or maybe work with Olajawon for offensive skill or with Mutombo for defensive skill, it all depends on if you want to up your game for a long career, or just play till your contract exp. your call?

  • tim

    Josh, thanks for the life on the road blog…informative and interesting stuff! My wife Lori and I are huge Suns fans
    and we were at the game against Warriors on March 18th. We watched you in the pre-game shootaround and enjoyed it. We like the way you play, your layups and hustle you show when you play…you seem to sneak in there sometimes and score some great baskets! Wish you played more as you add alot to team and game! Take care
    –Tim/Lori from Canada
    (we are also huge Steve Nash fans, being from BC and Grant Hill)

  • Joe from Charlotte

    Way cool man. Great to hear of the stuff done outside of what we see on TV or at the games.
    Keep up the good work and the minutes will come. You’ve done well and have plenty of time to continue improvment.

  • Brad

    My wife and I are HUGE J-chil fans and heavily thank you for the joy of getting to watch you play. And yes, it certainly was tough to watch one of our faves do so much bench time. Brad and Denise

  • Rich


    That’s an amazing schedule. I’m surprised by the amount of working out you do, especially the weights on game days.

    I played b-ball in Europe in the late 70s, early 80s. I played in France and as you said, it’s very different and everything is smaller.

    Thanks for sharing your blog. I hope the Suns keep you around for a long time.

  • Rich

    Perhaps you didn’t get the play time you needed, but for all the praise you got right after you got signed, very little proof came in the pudding.

    The game is all about self-confidence. You have played with some of that in the past, but this year it seemed like you were playing as if you thought you were a scrub. We all know you have great skills. Believe in yourself, play like we know you can and get some extra time on the floor.

  • Sang-Hun Lee

    Hello. Josh. I am korean living in germany! I speak terrible english, sorry. I saw you at first since you joined as the member of Suns.

    At the first time I saw you, I was pretty impressed by your play. Your drive in, foot walk and your off the ball movement, which i really want to see in suns play. I have personally really no idea why you were not in playing during almost whole season. It is just a shame. I saw the real potential in your play! I would say ‘the next Grant Hill’!!

    The article written above gave me so much fun because i always want to know how the real life of basketball player is. My dream was basketball player but got severely injured on the both knees.

    I love basketball, Suns and you Josh. I hope you get more playing time in the next season.

    Go Suns~