LeBron James to Bring Back Famous Pregame Powder Toss in 2013-14

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2013

Put down your cronut, because this is important.

LeBron James' iconic pregame powder toss is back.

Hidden at the end of an Instagram post featuring his cover appearance on NBA 2K14—in which he is seen striking his powder pose—James included a "#PowderTossComingBackToAnArenaNearYou."

Try to curb your enthusiasm, please.

This will be the first time in two years James has consistently engaged in the activity. As the Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman reminds us, the Chosen One ditched the powder toss in favor of championship pursuits these past two seasons:

Given up amid his turn for the serious as part of his successful bids for NBA championships the past two seasons, James can be seen on the 2K14 cover displaying the powder toss, as seen in the Instagram he sent out.


The toss has come and gone in recent seasons, first eschewed during the Heat's 2011 playoff run amid a tense series against the Boston Celtics.

In the absence of the real thing, teammates Ray Allen,Rashard Lewis, Mike Miller and James Jones last season emulated James' iconic chalk toss in a pregame ritual, as James already was awaiting the pregame toss at center court.

Ray Allen and friends' attempt to keep the tradition alive last year was admirable, but when it comes to chalk-tossing junkets, we can accept no imitations.

Nothing beats the thrill of watching James give the 'ol heave-ho to that powdery substance. This ritual is notorious, and the moments before opening tip felt meaningless without him slinging white crumbs up toward the heavens.

Speaking of which, James better get this down to a science. The NBA imposed a 90-second cap on pregame rituals last season.

There can be no fooling around on James' part. Forget the hugs and fist-bumps. He must get to the scorer's table, coat his hands in what some will think is powdered sugar and make it rain.

Not even inane limitations are enough to ruin this, though. Small villages will declare this a holiday. Parties will be had and bubbly toasts made. Basketballs will be gripped without the threat of excess sweat or slippage.

James' powder toss is back.

Unsuspecting security guards and fans stationed courtside would do well to remember their ponchos. Those in the first few rows are liable to get snowed on.