Who, When, Why? The Unwritten Rules of Butt-Slaps in the NBA

December 28th, 2016 by Yaron Weitzman Leave a reply »

NEW YORK — Few players can electrify onlookers as prolifically as Brandon Jennings. His wicked crossover routinely leaves opponents falling back on their heels. He relishes the spotlight too and has no qualms turning down the mundane to seek it out.

Jennings is someone who can bring both the crowd and teammates to their feet. Watch the New York Knicks on any given night, and chances are you'll see their bench leap out of their leather folding chairs during a timeout to commend Jennings for a highlight play.

He loves those moments. Like all players, he enjoys the praise. He does, however, have one rule when it comes to the physical embrace that often accompanies the celebration:

"Everything up high," a smiling Jennings told Bleacher Report. He then raised both arms above his head.

"I'll say, 'Up here, up here,'" he added, indicating how he requests his slaps, "and make sure everything's up top and nothing below the waist."

But Jennings, it turns out, might actually be an outlier among his peers—even in the uber-masculine world of the NBA.

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