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Isaiah Thomas: Cavaliers’ handshakes were intimidating when traded

Isaiah Thomas

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Isaiah Thomas poses for a portrait during the NBA basketball team media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)


The Cavaliers have elaborate handshakes, seemingly a unique one for each player-player combination.

It’s daunting for a newcomer.

Fox Sports Ohio:

Isaiah Thomas:

The handshakes, when I got traded here, that’s one of the first things. I’m like, “Dang, man. I’m going to have to get my handshakes down.” I really wasn’t worried about the on-court things. I’m like, “Man, these handshakes are very serious.” But that’s probably the biggest thing. All the other stuff, I’ll figure that out.

Thomas has plenty of time to study, as he recovers from injury. He can practice and refine them, so none of his handshakes prompt an official statement from the team.