It's special to have something named after you. No greater honor can be bestowed for a celebratory dance than to have it so universally associated with you that it becomes known as the "Player X Dance."
Such is the case for Sam Cassell, who created what is known as the Sam Cassell Testicles Dance. Seriously. ESPN's Marc Stein says so at least, crediting the inception of the name to his colleague, Bill Simmons.
Here's how Stein describes the move:
Cassell is credited with inventing the practice of celebrating an especially dagger-y shot by lowering his hands down and cupping them in a manner that suggests he has extra-large cojones, bringing to life the trademark call we've heard for years from Bill Raftery whenever a college kid drains the clutchest of jumpers.
But what good are words when there are videos?
And, of course, it's spawned imitators.
When Kobe Bryant does your move, you know it's arrived. But unfortunately, the Cassell Dance has led to a rash of fines.
Stein reports that Marco Belinelli was docked $15,000 last year, and both Andray Blatche and Caron Butler were fined the same amount during the first few weeks of the 2013-14 campaign.
Cassell is SMH-ing.
For real. Stein even told his readers that the longtime guard was "shaking his head disapprovingly" about the fines before going on to say that he was "honored" by the imitators.
As he should be.
Ever heard the phrase, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"?
Cassell can be as upset as he wants about the league deciding to fine players for using his signature celebration, but he has to be thrilled that it's still being done. Even after players have been fined for the same move, it's getting used.
And as long as that happens, Cassell's legacy will live on.
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