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John Wall's handshake with Gilbert

When John Wall emerged, last, from the darkness to be introduced to the Patriot Center crowd on Monday night, he bolted straight to Gilbert Arenas and engaged him in a kooky handshake. Gilbert smiled. And we all immediately thought, "Gracious, Wall and Gil already have their own special routine."

Except then Wall tapped Andray Blatche on the shoulder and did the same handshake with him. And a bit later, there were Blatche and Nick Young, doing the exact same routine.

So, what's the deal?

"That's my signature, but I'm not going to take credit for it," Young later told me. "We all do it. It's Respect. Every year, I come up with something, and that's our handshake."

The move consists of two quick hand slaps, followed by that crouching boxing-type stance, which probably has some pop culture significance that escapes me. As they do the third step, the participants shout out "Respect!" with a touch of playful irony. As you might imagine, it's very hard to do that with a straight face, which is probably why Gilbert couldn't help but drop his stone face during the handshake, and why Wall was laughing when NBA TV replayed the handshake during his post-game interview.

While Young was doing his post-practice interviews, Blatche came over and clowned behind his back, and then the duo performed Respect and ran off together. I'm guessing you'll see this move again once or twice this season.

By Dan Steinberg  | September 28, 2010; 8:49 AM ET
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Dan, please tell us the deal with your towel... ;)

Posted by: 3tripleiii | September 28, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

That's better than pointing fingers at each other in gun fashion. Next maybe they will do rock, paper, scissors.

Posted by: bobilly2 | September 28, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I see a lot of fans in the background decided to dress up in yellow seat costumes for the occasion.

Posted by: mikeinrockville | September 28, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

@ MikeInRockville

They had most of the crowd sitting on one side of the arena. That side was pretty full, clearly the angle behind the team during intros wasn't intended for seating.

Posted by: sasrza | September 28, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

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