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Antonio Daniels Explains His Bow

Go ahead and watch this again, paying special attention to Antonio Daniels on the lower left side of the screen. He's bowing. He's unmistakably bowing. Bog friend Lauren from ESPN Triple X Radio suggested that perhaps this was in the same vein as Gilbert's post-60-point bow in L.A. Here was one suggestion in the comments below:

AD was bowing out of respect to his sensei, Master Hibachi ...thats why he held it so long...there's no mercy in this Dojo!

Thanks for chiming in, Bill Simmons.

Anyhow, we (read: I) finally asked A.D. about the bow after practice this afternoon. Well, first I imitated the maneuver.

"Yup, that's exactly what I was doing," he confirmed. "I was like this [bowing] and I was watching the ball. I was in the corner and when he let it go I was going like this [bowing], just kind of watching, you know what I mean? That was it."

He said he definitely was not trying to pay homage to or in any way call up memories of Gilbert against the Lakers. I suggested that if I were a silent partner on the court, I would probably watch a teammate's dagger in a slightly different manner, perhaps standing up idly and crossing my legs.

"That's not really what you do in a game; like 'Ohhhh, wowwww, hmmmm.'" he said, attributing a greater level of intensity to his bow than to my leg-crossing. "I was like C'mon! Like, 'Go in! Go in! Go in!"

But why, I asked, did he hold the position for so long after the ball went in?

"I was kind of in awe," he said. "I ain't gonna lie. I was kind of amazed a little bit."

Lots of Wiz folks, as it turns out, were kind of amazed a little bit. Wait till you read what Caron said. Gimme a minute.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2007; 3:02 PM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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