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Lassiter brings out inner ‘Salt Bae’ anew after clinching title

09:06 PM March 07, 2017

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If Marcio Lassiter’s shirt could talk, it would have said that the gunslinger wanted nothing but a knockout.

But Lassiter insists that he meant nothing else with the clothes he wore on Sunday for Game 5 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.

“This shirt is just one of my favorites. It just gets me going. Definitely no shade,” he said.

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But Lassiter, who donned a white shirt depicting Muhammad Ali’s famous 1965 photograph when he knocked out Sonny Liston, went out on the court as if he only had one thing on his mind: to close the series out.

Lassiter let his game do the talking, posting 12 points, two rebounds, two assists, and three crucial blocks to help the Beermen nab the title-clinching 91-85 win and emerge victorious in the series, 4-1.

That championship gave Lassiter the chance to finally celebrate without any restraint, gamely posing with fans while doing his now famous “Salt Bae” impression.

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“I had to get it out,” he said with a chuckle. “That was for the Finals and that was for the fans. I think the fans requested it, they loved it, so that’s just for the fans. I didn’t want them to feel left out.”

Lassiter got ejected for doing the gesture in Game 2, where he was whistled for a technical foul for taunting after what had been a superb third quarter shooting in Lucena.

He has held off in doing it since, until after the final buzzer when the Beermen finally secured the title defense.

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“I just wanted to have fun. I mean I’m never really pouring salt on anybody, but I think it’s a cool gesture. All fun, no shade, no disrespect. We’re just here to have fun, and it’s cool to see,” he said.

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