AFTER A FRUSTRATING 2014, HARRISON BARNES DOESN’T HAVE MUCH TO COMPLAIN ABOUT AFTER LAST NIGHT’S PLAYOFF VICTORY WITH THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS. HERE’S HOW HE STAYED AHEAD IN THE OFF-SEASON.
“My fitness plays a huge part into my success as a basketball player,” says Harrison Barnes. “Doing things that make your body fire right, to be as explosive as you can, to make sure to be as fast as you can, those are the things that separate the great athletes from the good athletes.”
The small forward made a splash in his rookie season when he averaged more than 16 points per game during Golden State’s 2013 playoff run. But after struggling most of last season off the bench, Barnes is taking a more aggressive tack this time around. Together with respected trainer Travelle Gaines, he has a three-pronged offseason workout that focuses on his lower body, and helps him transition from defense to offense.
“Competition in the NBA is the best in the world, and to be able to play in it night in, and night out, is really tough,” Barnes says. “I think about competition all the time. When I’m training, I think about who are the guys who are tough for me to guard from a physical standpoint. And how I can improve on that to get ready for this season.”
And after a 105-97 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2015 NBA playoffs, it looks like this approach worked out well.