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Superstition of the Week: Newkirk watches Telfair documentary

Sebastian Telfair was a high school phenom at Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.). / AP

From Michael Jordan’s obsession with rocking North Carolina shorts under his Chicago Bulls shorts during games to Serena Williams’ need to bounce the tennis ball five times before her first serve, athletes have long been believers that superstitions give them the added edge they need to get in the zone before games.

Every week we’ll take a look at some of the wackiest superstitions athletes and coaches from around the country implement. This week we caught up with Word of God Academy (Raleigh, N.C.) point guard Josh Newkirk, a Pittsburgh signee.

The Superstition: Watching the Telfair Documentary

The Breakdown: “Before every game I have to watch (Phoenix Suns guard) Sebastian Telfair’s documentary “Through the Fire.” I just sit back and watch the whole thing and watch what he went through and think about what I need to do.”

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The Why: “It just gets me fired up. He was such a beast in high school and it gets me ready to go out there and do what I have to do. It just does something to me mentally. I’m ready to go when I watch that.”

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