GQ describes the handshake as something “commonly done upon meeting, greeting, parting, offering congratulations, expressing gratitude, or completing an agreement. In sports or other competitive activities, it is also done as a sign of good sportsmanship. Its purpose is to convey trust, respect, balance, and equality. If it is done to form an agreement, the agreement is not official until the hands are parted.”
In the NBA, it’s a sign that you have made it to the big show and basketball experts and owners believe you are a missing piece to their future and worth hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars and I’m sure every player who has ever done this in the past 30 years at the NBA Draft will tell you that shaking David Stern’s hand is one of the most memorable moments of their lives.
Here’s a photo gallery tribute to that moment.