Monumental did a feature on the Wizards signatures, and a few of the players explained how they developed their autograph style.
“First I signed my whole name, and it got to a point where it was too long,” Bradley Beal said. “I had to eventually shorten it up to where it was ‘B Beal’ and ever since then I just stuck with that. And then at first I put the number 3, and I didn’t like how that looked so I just threw the ‘3’ inside the loop to give it a little more pizazz, I guess.”
Marcin Gortat was forced to alter his style after a summer of excessive signing.
“I actually developed my signature over a few years,” explained Gortat. “When I had my camps back in Poland, probably about 15 to 20 schools was back in Poland. I had over nine camps. I signed, one summer, about 18,000 signatures.”
Gortat now has multiple autographs, depending on the situation.
“I actually developed to give three or four different signatures,” he said. “To the more rude people, I got the quick ‘MG’ 1.5 second signature. Or, you can be the simple signature ‘M Gortat 4.’ Then I give to most important people, to people I care about, foundation stuff, different options, I give my full name.”
If you’ve gotten a Gortat autograph along the way, take a look at it and see how he felt about you. If you’ve got “MG,” I guess it’s his way of telling you to stop being rude.
Here’s the full feature.