Steve Buckhantz Explains Origin of New ‘Slapbound’ Catchphrase
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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.
Although it really seriously sounded as though he wasn’t actually going to ‘write that down,’ as noted above, just two days later, Buckhantz did in fact follow through and dropped a ‘Slapbound’ at Verizon Center.
But this still doesn’t clear up when the term originated.
After exhaustive research, I was able to pinpoint exactly when it was first dropped on the Junkies, and by which Junkie.
I had once believed ‘Slapbound’ to have derived in December, but a tweet from Frank Hanrahan (who, along with select Wizards broadcasts, also anchors 106.7 The Fan’s sports desk during Junkies broadcasts) placed its origin sooner.
During the Wizards’ 93-73 loss to the Pacers:
Frank Hanrahan (@JFrankHanrahan) November 30, 2013
Digging through old November segments, I was thankful the Wizards are typically only brought up once per show (if at all), because it cut down scanning hours upon hours of audio, to only scanning minutes upon minutes, as I searched every early mention in hopes of tracing it back to the first ‘Slapbound.’
That first mention, I would eventually learn, came on Wednesday, Nov. 20, the morning following the Wizards 104-100 defeat of the T’Wolves.
“They got 19 good minutes from Jan Vesely, like productive minutes,” EB said.
“Was it his coming out party?” Lurch asked.
“Well I don’t know. He still just does the same thing, kinda runs up and down,” EB said.
“I did notice what you were saying,” Lurch said.
“He’s perfected,” EB said.
“He can handle, I think he had two alley-oops,” JP said.
“He’s perfected the Slapbound,” Lurch said.
“He slaps the rebounds back to the guard,” EB said.
“That’s a new term, I like it,” Cakes said.
Listen, clip-by-clip below, as the word evolves.
Fast-forward back to present day, when Steve Buckhantz called into the Junkies on Thursday, bringing things full circle when he confirmed the origin of Slapbound, his new favorite catch phrase to use in games.
“Boy that slam other night where [Vesely] reached up, man he went way up to get that, that was awesome,” Buckhantz said. “And keeping balls back, I’m able to use your ‘Slapbound’ quite a bit.”
“Love that!” EB said excited, as the others joined in appreciation.
“It’s fun. And I get a lot of tweets from people asking about that. Somebody the other day said, ‘Hey man, that’s awesome, that Slapbound, where did that come from?’ And I typed back there, I said, ‘That’s the Junkies.’ He said, ‘No, no, that’s an origination from Steve Buckhantz.’ I said, ‘No man, that’s the Junkies.’”
All that said, I can finally now make sense of this tweet.
Tweet Maravich (@TweetMaravich) December 19, 2013