Once upon a time, “swag” ruled the Wizards locker room. Led by their knight in swaggy armor, Gilbert Arenas, the Wizards literally rated their performance on a swag scale from none to phenomenal. It was the swaggest of times, it was the worst of times.
But now, swag is dead and “steez” reigns supreme. From the DC Sports Bog:
“Why do you wear sunglasses in the locker room after games?” I asked Jordan Crawford on Thursday.
Little did I know that the answer would soon have me listening to Wu-Tang Clan and Gang Starr tracks in the Verizon Center media room. Without headphones, too.
“Oh, that’s just a part of my steez,” Crawford replied.
“Part of your what?” I asked.
“My steelo,” he answered. “My style.”
Yeah, sure. But has anybody else bought in?
“Could you just define the word steez for me,” I asked Randy Wittman.
“Who?” he replied. “Steez? How do you spell it? Spell it for me first.”
“It’s short for steelo,” Sarah told him.
“For steelo? Who the hell is Steelo?” Wittman responded.
“It means style,” Sarah offered.
“Oh, that’s style?” Wittman said. “And it’s called what, steez? I like your steez.”
Then I asked Martell Webster.
“I don’t know what the hell steez means,” he said. “I really don’t. I’m from the Northwest. We don’t talk like that. Steez? You define it. Where are you from?”
I told him I was from Buffalo. Webster walked away.
“You see how I just walked away?” he said, as he walked away.
Then I asked Jan Vesely.
“What? Steez? No,” he said.
OK, so maybe not everybody has bought in to the “steez” movement, but I’m sure it will catch on. I mean, wearing glasses when you don’t need to be wearing glasses is pretty silly but that still caught on. So why wouldn’t “steez” become the new thing? Sure, it’s hopelessly outdated and the new Wizards lack a Gilbert Arenas character to be the movement’s figurehead, but still. Even though the Wizards have lost a bunch of their knuckleheadedness, I’m confident they can still make this happen.