Doug Christie was never the most noticeable player on the court during his playing years in the NBA. However, he often caught the attention of the live audience and TV viewers when he threw that hand signal in the air.
In 2002, a group of curious reporters decided to log how often Christie does the said hand signal during a game, and the results were mind-blowing.
More than just a hand signal
On average, Doug does it "at least 50 times," and there was one game where the total reached "62 times." While most would assume that it was just a signal for a play, Doug and his wife Jackie Christie, revealed its true meaning. Apparently, it goes beyond basketball.
According to the man himself, "that's just to let my wife know I love her, and she and family are bigger than basketball," Christie told The New York Times.
On the other hand, Jackie divulged that she also responds to her husband with a hand signal of her own during games, and it implies different messages.
"When I make this sign, it means drive to the hole," she said. "When I make this sign, it means smile because you look a little sad on the bench. He started making this sign and said, 'This means I love you,' and it developed from there. It makes me feel real special."
Indeed, constant communication plays a significant role in Doug and Jackie's marriage. In fact, the former Sacramento Kings guard has been very honest with his wife that he's been letting her know about "every conversation" he's had with another woman since they've been married.
"Every conversation I've ever had with a woman since we've been married besides my wife, she knows about," Doug revealed. "She's been there. But what are we talking about? Banking? Mortgage? Other than that, I don't have anything to say to anybody. It's taking up my time, and my time is limited to basketball and my family."
Looking at what Doug has been doing at present, it appears that his life really revolved around just basketball and family. This upcoming season, he will be part of the Kings' coaching staff as he vows to continue an "unfinished business" in the NBA.
"I always say that I have unfinished business ever since I've come back to Sacramento," Christie said. "When you get as close as we got to [winning the NBA Championship], it leaves a hole in you. Those things are difficult to live with, and you have to live with them."
Now that Doug has already embarked on a new role in the sport, will he still throw those hand signals to his wife during games? We're about to find out.