During the third quarter of Sunday's Game 4 between the Wizards and Celtics, a man was shown on the jumbotron at the Verizon Center wearing a '"Death Row D.C." T-shirt. The soldout crowd went crazy as an instrumental version of Snoop Dogg's "Nuthin' But a G Thang" blared on the loudspeakers.
"That's where it's at," forward Markieff Morris said of that moment after the Wizards' blowout win.
It was an ode to the storyline uncovered by The Vertical and The Washington Post, that the Wizards have created a group within the locker room with assignments for each player to members of the early 1990s rap label Death Row Records. John Wall, for instance, is Tupac, Bradley Beal is Dr. Dre and Wall's bodyguard, known by many as "Flave," is Suge Knight.
The shirts are now getting very popular. Kelly Oubre Jr. and Markieff Morris have already been spotted wearing them. On the shirt is the saying, plus a drawing of a man in an electric chair. It's a cool shirt and people all over social media are asking where they can buy them.
Morris, though, doesn't expect them to be for sale.
"I don't know, man," Morris said. "I don't know how it go, if people are selling them are not. It's not our logo, so I don't want any problems with that."
Morris said someone he knows back in Philly designed the shirt and avoided details about who printed and mailed them to D.C.
"I got one of my guys that made them, the CEO. He stays low-key. You don't really know him too much," he said.
After Tuesday's practice, Morris was telling rookie Daniel Ochefu about when he is allowed to wear them pregame. Ultimately, it's Morris' movement and he's pleased to see it catching on not only with the Wizards, but fans as well.
"That's where it's at. It's Death Row D.C. We bought into and the city bought into it. Now it's a thing," he said.