Welcome to another This Week in the NBA, where we run down all of the weird and funny things that happened over the week in the NBA Twitter and other social media streets.
There were plenty of jokes fired off, headlined by a rant against the referees that became an instant classic.
Let’s get started.
The quote of the week: Darko Rajakovic goes off
The runner-up for quote of the week goes to Gregg Popovich, who was asked how the Spurs could stop the Cavs’ premier passing during pregame media availability. His answer, via Jackson Flickinger, was classic Pop.
“Oh, we probably won’t. I can give you some bulls— if you want.”
Pop was right — his Spurs kept it close but gave up 117 points and 27 assists in a loss.
The winner, though, can only go to one man: Raptors coach Darko Rajakovic, whose diatribe towards the refs earned him a $25,000 fine and a video edit set to Nas’ classic 90’s diss track “Ether.”
— No Dunks (@NoDunksInc) January 10, 2024
You know that you’ve officially been accepted when Drake calls you a GUYZER. Raptors fans were firing off their own memes after the game, too.
BIG 3 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/SQLM6PUck7
— Raptors Brasil 🦖 (@RaptorsBrazil) January 10, 2024
Honorable mention goes to Thunder coach Mark Daigneault, whose Thunder team crushed the Blazers by 62 points on Thursday. He was asked afterward about trying to break the 73-point margin of victory record that the Thunder were on the wrong end of in Memphis two years ago.
His response? “That’s our record.”
The Warriors are cooked
It’s been a rough year for the Warriors, who are 17-20 heading into their matchup on Friday. They got booed by their home fans during their 36-point blowout loss to the Pelicans. Steve Kerr said afterward that his team had lost its spirit, confidence and belief.
But it’s been a great year for the Warriors haters. X user @MaskedAntler went off on Draymond Green, who is set to return from his indefinite suspension soon.
This how Draymond gonna start showing up to games. https://t.co/weT25plggX
— 🤾🏾♂️ (@MaskedAntler) January 8, 2024
Klay Thompson’s been in the middle of the worst year of his career. He got roasted as well.
Buddy so washed they showing parking garage highlights💀 https://t.co/lloAZ0nkYO
— ²³𝙻𝚎𝙱𝚛𝚘𝚗𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚜🏀☄️🌎💞 (@BronGotGame) January 11, 2024
Pray for Marcus Smart
Marcus Smart has worn No. 36 for his whole career. That led to an unfortunate comparison on social media, via @hoopfiends.
The guy can’t catch a break this year. He was traded from the prohibitive championship favorite, ended up on a team that has almost no chance of making the playoffs and recently suffered a finger injury that will keep him out for the next six weeks.
Might I suggest Hawks legend Rasheed Wallace instead?
Nikola Jokic breaks Pistons Reddit
Jokic only took three shots and played under 25 minutes against the Pistons on Sunday. But he did have 16 assists and five blocks in a 17-point win.
Let’s check in with Pistons Reddit’s reaction, via X user @thats_t__:
Being a fan of the Pistons does have some unexpected advantages, aside from the free wings every couple of months.
Pistons are so bad their fans are becoming well rounded individuals. Hopefully I’m next. https://t.co/fMHm1g9bpK
— menacing man (@TimothyTheFirst) January 11, 2024
The Social Media Manager troll game
The people who run social media accounts for NBA teams have become masters of the subtle troll. The Bucks’ account was on fire this week.
It started when Giannis Antetokounmpo ripped into his team, telling The Athletic’s Eric Nehm that “everybody has to be better. Everybody. It starts from the equipment manager. He has to wash our clothes better.”
The Bucks’ account responded with this tweet before they took on the Jazz:
Extra clean. pic.twitter.com/6pf22CvQh1
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 8, 2024
The Jazz took it one step further, tweeting this after beating them that night:
This is Jazz equipment manager Adam Klauke… after the Jazz beat the Bucks 132-116. https://t.co/Ea4zomGXqr
— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) January 9, 2024
The Bucks did get the last laugh of the week, dunking on a bad Charles Barkley take after blowing out the Celtics 135-102. The game was so out of hand that the TNT broadcast had to switch off it in the third quarter.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 12, 2024
This has been your week in the NBA.
Source : ESPN.com