It wasn't enough for the Miami Heat to be the talk of the NBA for the entire summer, after LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh decided to team up in South Beach. It wasn't enough for the Heat to attract veterans like Mike Miller, Jerry Stackhouse, Juwan Howard and Zydrunas Ilgauskas to fill out the roster. It wasn't enough for the Heat to be so loaded that they had 18 or 19 quality NBA players in their training camp, making roster cutdowns more painful in Miami than anywhere else in the league. None of it was enough, so the Miami Heat have decided to develop a coordinated team hand signal to establish themselves as cooler than the rest of the world, and the team is using it so often that we now have no choice but to write about. Via Getty images, here's LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem and company pinching their fingertips together with both hands raised above their head. Here's a closer look at the sign, as demonstrated by Heat reserve point guard Patrick Beverley on Twitter. So what does the hand signal mean? Heat guards Wade and Mario Chalmers have made reference to the sign recently on Twitter, with Wade saying he was going to keep its meaning a secret. Surya Fernandez of HotHotHoops.com caught up with Beverley to chase down an explanation.
While coach Erik Spoelstra and later Juwan Howard trotted out for messages to the crowd, the Heat team started in with a new silent hand signal of pinching their fingertips together with raised hands as the team saluted the crowd after the scrimmage ended and during an impromptu dunk display featuring LeBron and Patrick Beverley.
Was the gesture an inside joke? Perhaps it’s a sign of unity or maybe an acknowledgment to the crowd (or haters?). The reason why the team has started doing it has something to do with Beverley, who is acknowledged as the player who introduced it to the team, but he is tight-lipped about it.
“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.”Congratulations. Not even Andy Bernard would want to join that secret society. I've gotta say I'm stumped on this one. I carefully investigated this chart and determined that they are not making the American Sign Language sign for any of the 26 letters in the alphabet. Past that, it's hard to care. Tas Melas at The Score ventures that the the hand signal is a hush to the haters, a way to visually silence their critics. But this whole thing begs the question: Whatever happened to the good old days, when hand signals actually stood for something meaningful?