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Novak's teammates love "the belt move," and have also imitated the NFL MVP's signature touchdown celebration.
Novak's teammates love "the belt move," and have also imitated the NFL MVP's signature touchdown celebration.

Will Novak do Rodgers' belt move?

Will he? Or won’t he?

These were the tough questions for Steve Novak before shootaround this morning at the Bradley Center.

For weeks, a New York Knicks security guard kept after the Marquette and Brown Deer High School alumnus about breaking out Aaron Rodgers’ championship belt celebration after he a made a 3-pointer.

For weeks, Novak resisted.

Then, on Feb. 19, in a nationally televised victory over the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden, Novak couldn’t help himself. The 6-foot, 10-inch forward had just drained his fourth 3-pointer of the fourth quarter and broke out the move as he turned up the court.

"It just kind of happened that day," he said.

Sure enough, the Green Bay Packers quarterback took notice and shot a message of encouragement to Novak over Twitter.

Novak's teammates love it as well, and have also imitated the NFL MVP’s signature touchdown celebration.

"I stole it from him obviously," Novak said of Rodgers. "Then in the Dallas game, I did it and it just kind of took off from there. Because it is my Wisconsin association and I am such a big Packer fan, I thought it was cool but then it just took off on its own. It’s kind of just become something that’s really funny. To have Aaron Rodgers tweet me and say he was a big fan of that kind of thing was really cool."

A Bucks fan his entire life who works out locally in the offseason, will Novak make the move tonight if he hits a big three?  

"Whenever the time calls, it’ll come out," he said with a smile.

If the time does call for it tonight, how will the hometown fans react?

On one hand, you’ve got your native son making his only regular season appearance this season, honoring one of the Packers’ greatest players. On the other hand, it means he’s making baskets against the Bucks, who are trying to catch the Knicks for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff seed.

We’ll find out in a few hours.

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