Making Moves: 6 Best Celebration Gestures In Basketball

By: 04.27.11  •  34 Comments

The Q-Rich and D-Miles Head-Bop

I’m pretty sure nobody knows what it means, but when they were young, former Clippers teammates Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles patented the head-bop.

After almost every made shot, Richardson and Miles would tap their foreheads at least a couple times, forming metaphorical antennas/horns.

Granted, it’d be more insightful to know what they actually stand for; maybe it’s not PG enough for David Stern‘s approval.

The JET Plane

It’s pretty convenient that Jason Terry‘s middle name is Eugene. His initials, if you couldn’t figure it out, spell JET, Terry’s nickname. And whenever he hits an important bucket, Terry will put the flaps down and get ready for takeoff, extending his arms and, well, acting like a jet.

The only downside to the JET is that Terry can’t zip around like a school-child when another team is pushing the ball back on offense. Therefore, if you’re an opposing coach, it is always smart to hold off on calling the quick timeout as to avoid the Terry flyby.

There’s even a song about it.

A Hidden Gem: The Realio Dance

This may or may not ever become a nationwide fad, but at the University of Arizona, the learning institution of your’s truly, fan-favorite Kyryl Natyazhko debuted the Realio Dance during his team’s third round NCAA Tournament game against Texas.

The Realio is when one looks straight up, bends backward and flails the arms violently. Screaming is optional but works well in an important moment so long as you’re on the bench.

Especially cool when slowed down and played to a remix of Bloodhound Gang‘s “The Bad Touch,” the Realio is named after K-Real, Natyazhko’s nickname.

Did we forget any? What’s your favorite celebration in basketball?

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