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"Sh*t, I just want to get better. That’s what pushed me to do it, and it worked well" — Chauncey Billups and other NBA stars on acupuncture

Even though Billups admitted that he wasn’t fond of needles, he tried it and was pleasantly surprised.
Detroit Pistons shooting guard Chauncey Billups

Chauncey Billups

The last thing every NBA star would want to happen is injuries. Whether minor or major, an injury is a headache for the players and the teams. Over the years, an array of rehabilitation procedures emerged to speed up the recovery of NBA players, and apparently, some of them rely on acupuncture, a famous alternative medicine treatment from China.

Some NBA stars believe it works

The late Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, and Charles Barkley were among the NBA legends who reportedly used acupuncture during their active years in the league. Shaquille O’Neal first used it in 2002 to aid a big toe injury and once again for hamstring pain.

I’ll get some acupuncture and get rid of it,” O’Neal said via Hoopshype. “I’ve always been a connoisseur of ancient medicine.

An MVP recommends it

Aside from O’Neal, former Detroit Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups had also been a supporter of acupuncture. The 2004 NBA Finals MVP said he used the traditional medicine while recovering from his torn Achilles in 2012. And even though Billups admitted that he wasn’t fond of needles and stuff, he tried it. Surprisingly, it helped ease the pain, and after several weeks, he could do leg workouts again.

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I tried it and it did work really well,” Billups told Hoopshype in 2017. “It helped the swelling and took some of the pain away, so it became a weekly thing for me for a while. I don’t love needles, but I was at the point where I was like, ‘Sh*t, I just want to get better. That’s what pushed me to do it, and it worked well. I’m not going to lie, it was pretty cool.

Eleven-year NBA veteran Jared Jeffries had the same experience with acupuncture. According to Jeffries, he “had been hearing” some positive feedback about it, so he gave it a shot. And like Billups, Jeffries was surprised that “it worked.

It was for my knee, and I’d heard that it would help certain muscles around my knee relax,” Jeffries said. “I went to see an acupuncturist when I was in Washington and I liked it. I was looking for an alternative way to relieve pain and loosen the muscles, and it worked.

Billups went on and refuted the famous belief that needles hurt. More importantly, “Mr. Big Shot” recommends it to his fellow athletes.

The only reason I’d recommend it is because I’ve seen it work for me,” he added. “It’s not like I’ve read about it or heard about, I’ve seen it work. I helped me through my Achilles recovery, so I would definitely recommend it.

Whether it’s your favorite NBA superstar raving about acupuncture, there’s only one way to find out if it really works. And that is to go out there and try it.

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