Tuesday , Jan , 13 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Blazers Follow New Sleep Patterns

Instead of the typical "get-to-bed-early" advice, McMillan encouraged his players to stay up late. Really late.

"He was like, ‘You all go out, curfew is 2 a.m.,’" LaMarcus Aldridge said. "We all had to laugh."

By then, the players understood McMillan’s reasoning. He wanted the team to stay up late in order to keep their bodies, and sleep patterns, on Portland time.

It was all part of the Blazers’ new approach to how they travel, and more specifically, how they sleep when they travel.

Flight departures were altered. Morning shootarounds canceled. Curfews relaxed.