Update [Friday, Jan. 24, 2014]: Jan heard about #Slapbound !!!!!
Jan Vesely (@JanVesely24) January 24, 2014
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – People who watch Wizards games on television with any high rate of frequency may have noticed the emergence of a new term in Steve Buckhantz’s lexicon: ‘Slapbound.’
The term, which has been used on numerous occasions by Buckhantz, is reserved almost exclusively for Jan Vesely, and refers to when a player tips away a rebound opportunity to another player, rather than securing the ball with his hands.
Let’s learn about the derivation of the Slapbound, in case the term happens to stick around longer than Vesely, who will become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season after the Wizards declined to pick up his option.
Buckhantz made the first in-game Slapbound mention on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 — during the Wizards 109-105 overtime loss at home to Milwaukee — a game which saw Vesely come down with 2 rebounds (although the box score makes no mention of how many ‘Slapbounds’ he had. For shame).
Did Buck just say "slapbound to Booker" 4 min mark in the 4th?—
Matt Valdez (@matt_valdez) December 07, 2013
And a week and a half later, it happened again — when Buckhantz dropped a ‘Slapbound’ in the Wizards’ 102-101 victory over the Knicks — on Monday, Dec. 16. Vesely registered 3 rebounds in that game, and obviously at least one Slapbound.
Eric Bickel (@EBJunkies) December 17, 2013
But this still doesn’t explain if Buckhantz coined the term himself, concocting it inside his imaginative head, or if he’d learned of it elsewhere. If the latter, then from where, and from whom?
For these answers, I’ll direct you to when Buckhantz called into the Junkies on Wednesday, Dec. 4 — two days prior to him first breaking out the term:
“Everybody loves your calls — Dagger, No, It’s Not Possible – we’ve coined a term here, I think EB did,” JP said.
“Another one? You coined another one?” Buck asked.
“You speak about extras, maybe you can slide it in. Jan Vesely is the king of the ‘Slapbound,’” JP said.
“No, that was me, I coined that,” Lurch said.
“It was Lurch, whatever,” JP said, as minor infighting disrupted the conversation temporarily.
“It’s the Slapbound,” Lurch said. “He doesn’t grab the ball, he just slaps it backwards.”
“He just slaps it back to the top of the key there,” EB said.
“Slide in ‘Slapbound,’” JP requested.
“As Marv Albert calls it, a ‘Back tap,’” Buck said. “What is it again now?”
“Slapbound,” Lurch said.
“Slapbound,” Buck confirmed.
“We’re expecting it Friday night against the Bucks,” Cakes said.
“You’ll hear it, you’ll hear it. You guys want it, you’ll hear it,” Buckhantz said.
“Well Vesely has to do it,” JP specified.
“Yea alright, Slapbound, alright, I’ve gotta write that down,” Buckhantz said.