Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  30 responses

Cavs’ ‘Family Portrait’ Pre-Game Routine: Damon Jones’s Idea

This shouldn’t surprise anyone, I suppose: “According to legend, it all began — as many of the team’s old, crazy ideas have — with former Cavaliers guard Damon Jones. A couple years ago, the loquacious guard developed special handshakes with each of his teammates. He’d go through each of them during player announcements, spending the most time on a special, ever-morphing handshake with James just before he went to the scorer’s table to toss up talc. They would pantomime a boxing match, pretend to take pictures of each other, jiggle and dance…Jones went to Milwaukee in a trade over the summer, but the handshakes stayed. And evolved. And improved. And now, each Cavaliers player has his own, distinct gesture.”

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  • drewz

    hahaha damon jones

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    Of course, who else BUT Damon?

  • MKP

    Is Damon Jones still in the league?

  • Young Chris MP3

    Eddie House’s pre-game handshakes > Damon Jones’. And shouldn’t Lebron have known better than? It’s one thing to copy KG’s baby powder routine, he’s FREAKIN Kevin Garnett! Damon Jones? Eh…

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne


  • ti-sizz

    Lebron: Umm damon. you mind thinking of some fancy ancy pre-game rituals man? it’s not like you do much sitting on the pine all game y’know.. juss an idea, so you dont waste yo time

  • adams

    Damon Jones has had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists this season. In total. He’s earning $4,460,186.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    he has too much time on his hands anyway.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Just a bit of knowledge……Garnett stole the powder stunt from MJ.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    I actually remember Damon Jones and LeBron doing the “taking pictures” intro. Not surprising at all.

  • Funkdoc

    who wants damon jones on a picture?

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Who doesn’t have a different handshake for everyone they know? Pfft.

  • https://twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    So I guess Smush Parker started the Lakers’ pregame hotel room routine?

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    No wonder it pisses me off so much.

  • underdog
  • wilz

    why doesnt lebron just go to broadway or do snl or some other gay routine for people who want to see that instead of watching basketball

  • A D-Wade Fan!

    Next thing you kno all inactive players on the cavs bench will be wearing those velvet jackets…

  • http://docfunk.blogspot.com Doc Funk

    Damon also invented dribbling the ball up court backwards while doing some sort of peg-leg kick motion. One day the world will give him his dues.

  • aotearaw

    The team photo is nothing but cringeworthy, so…..so lame

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Young Chris: Eddie House sucks.

  • Nate James

    hahahaha oh wow.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    LMAO@ underdog. That was bloody brilliant hahaha.
    Also, Eddie House earned his stripes in the Finals. Don’t hate.
    Feel free to sh*t all over Damon Jones though. He’s fair game.

  • Jose

    didnt johny “red” kerr start the powder thing?

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    I dont think powder existed when red kerr played….I have a special handshake for every famous person I meet, It consists of me yelling out their name yelling louder and louder, smiling like ‘The Joker’ with wide-non blinking eyes as they scuttle off ignoring me – we’re tight, me and famous people.

  • chintao

    LeBron James is 24 years-old and still has yet to have an original thought.

  • http://bielasiakville.blogspot.com/ Jesse Bielasiak

    why does everyone hate on the King all day long? Get over it. He’s having some fun with his teammates. Ubuntu, right? (@Celtics fans)

  • http://www.chucknorrisfacts.com/ The Kandi Raver

    Bring Damon back!!!!

  • #6marjons

    so the reason for the biggest waste of time before a match is damon jones aint that something

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I’m okay with it. They’re not showing off, trying to be menacing or intimading the other team. They’re just goofin aroung BEFORE the game, a bunch of young dudes having fun. I like the comraderie, they seem to enjoy being together. Pause.

  • Dan

    amon ones? that cat has no D or no J, so he gets neither in his name!