Myles Turner is turning to Yoga in hopes of breaking out
After a breakout sophomore year in the 2016-17 season wherein he averaged 14.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, and an astounding 2.1 blocks per game, the sky was the limit for Indiana Pacers big man Myles Turner. However, things did not exactly turn out as planned for the 6-foot-11 center last season.
With the desire and determination to bounce back, Turner has turned to Yoga in the hopes of enhancing his body, mind, and spirit. The 22-year-old believes that advancements in his game will then naturally follow.
“I know I feel different,” Turner tells Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. “Just my movements on the floor; I feel more, I don’t think majestic is the word for it but I feel better, not as wobbly. I feel a lot stronger overall.”
The departure of Paul George last summer opened up a ton of opportunities for Turner. Many had hoped that he would step into a much larger role for the team, and ideally, along with Victor Oladipo, fill the void that George had left.
This simply was not the case for Turner. His numbers dropped last season and his 12.7-point, 6.4-rebound, 1.3-assist, and 1.8-block nightly output was above average, at best. This certainly was not up to par for a player that had/has centerpiece potential.
If done right, the ancient discipline of Yoga has countless positive effects on one’s physical and mental well-being. Turner appears to have the right approach in this regard and combined with his tireless work on the practice court, a resurgence for Turner this upcoming season is not far-fetched.