Monday night I had two tickets to the Wizards-Thunder at the Verizon Center, and while waiting for my roommate to get there, I found myself entranced by the Thunder's ridiculously elaborate pregame routines.
There was a three-part handshake between Russell Westbrook and James Harden, some backhanded high-fives between Kevin Durant and Royal Ivey, some chest bumps, and that move where two players jump up and touch hips. Basically, they just looked really cool. And two things were clear: these guys really like playing together, and they were totally pumped to go kick ass together. Pretty cool to watch.â†µ
Then I shifted my eyes over to the Wizards sideline, and saw Javale McGee, furiously puffing his inhaler at the scorer's table.â†µ
Then the game started.â†µ
The Wizards lost by 30.