The Miami Heat Has a Secret Hand Signal; What Does It Mean?
The teammates pinch their fingers and thumbs together and raise their arms above their heads like so:
The reason the team has started doing it has something to do with [Patrick] Beverley, who is acknowledged as the player who introduced it to the team, but he is tight-lipped about it.So what does it actually mean?
"It's part of our secret society," joked Beverley. "I grew up doing it, but the rest? No comment. Let's just leave it at that."
He will say that he started it up with his good friend Anthony Mason Jr. during training camp and that it's caught on like wildfire among his teammates. Though the trick is to make someone look at essentially nothing, Beverley is adamant in that he wants it to spread across Miami. Maybe it'll catch on like the fake rats did during the Florida Panthers postseason run more than a decade ago.
The Score says it's basically a strike at the haters and shit-talkers, meaning "shut your mouth." Miami is not really a town that tends to value silence, but for once, we wish the haters would shut it.
P.S. Does anyone remember the Panthers' fake rats? Does anyone remember when the Panthers were good enough to make the playoffs? Does anyone remember the Panthers?