IT looks like the stars of the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters have found another form of bonding outside basketball.
By bringing their adorabe dogs to practice, these ever-tenacious players are able to show their soft side.
"It's their stress reliever, a way for them to connect and have a common bond besides just basketball. All of them talaga are dog lovers. It makes the training atmosphere more relaxing for us," Phoenix assistant coach Topex Robinson told SPIN Life.
The perky furbabies, together with dads, Matthew Wright, Jason Perkins, and Alex Mallari, posed for a photo on Tuesday. "We had some furry visitors in practice today: Lodi Wright, Rudy Perkins, Wawa Mallari," @fuelmasters wrote on Instagram.
According to Coach Topex, the mini canine convention doubles as the Fuel Masters' show of support for animal welfare, which is one of the team's advocacies.
"They want to use their platform as athletes to promote the importance of taking care of animals, as this is something they're really trying to work on and build on," he explained, adding that it was the players' idea to bring their pets to work whenever possible. "Hopefully, others will follow."
In fact, these adorable puppies even have their respective IG accounts: