DEEP SIGH Hoopsrambler’s Favorite NBA Memes of 2016
Hoopsrambler’s Favorite NBA Memes of 2016
Because yes, the bar is that low.
The 16th year of the second millennium (not ever, but for my purposes) was interesting from all points of vantage.
How many fucking year-end-wrap-up articles this week are starting off with that bullshit? Well, 2016 was actually the year of the blah blah blah people from Phoenix are called Phoenicians.
As an exponentially increasing wealth of information becomes available to mankind at what is now less-than-the-touch-of-a-button (Alexa! Remind me to stop using so many hyphens!), the manner in which we take in that information has evolved as well. Smaller and smaller morsels are chewed up and spit out by the ever streamlining media platforms upon which we rely for news.
BUT WE’RE NOT GOING TO DISCUSS THAT TODAY. YOU ARE WELCOME.
I’m lying. Yes we are. BUT IT’S COOL. Relax. It’s just memes.
Everything in 2016 seemed to be a meme. Stilllifes of the millennial generation. Fragments of something to hold onto. Something that you can relate to- a sense of community in a world thousands of miles apart. Something to make you smile while the chaos of reality consumes your every waking thought until you find yourself drenched in a cold sweat in the middle of…
…I mean they’re funny. You guys follow that one that looks like the soda cup from the 90’s? Laugh and a half that guy.
The NBA is far from a stranger to the meme game. The most social media friendly game on the face of the planet dominated the twittersphere from a standpoint of professional sports in 2016. While Roger Goodell sat late at night, face illuminated in the dusky light of a monitor tirelessly flagging images used without the express written consent of the National Football League, the NBA donned its highlight hat and let loose.
Between Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Reddit, amongst others, the NBA provided basketball fans across the world with unfettered access to highlights, gifs, photos- basically all the content anyone could ever need- to do with as they please. It pleased them to make memes. Lots and lots of memes.
Now, the internet is not yet good at being the internet.
I’m not going to mince words.
That is the most pathetic piece of shit meme I have ever seen. But don’t worry. Because this shit is about to pop off with fire, and if you haven’t seen the first of Hoopsrambler’s favorite NBA memes of 2016, I’m sorry for insulting the meme you made up there.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever made it abundantly clear on HR, but I am not a fan of Michael Jordan.
Do I think he’s the greatest of all time? Yes. Do I like him as a man and hope him continued prosperity in his future endeavors. Absolutely not.
Lebron James continues to scale the mountain that was once thought to be unscalable. Michael Jordan’s success was stark, it was unprecedented. It came as an inevitable and irreplicable result of his cutthroat demeanor. No other human could possiblyLEBRONJAMES.
Did something shitty happen to you in 2016? Same.
Congratulations! You’ve qualified yourself for a bonafide Crying Jordan!!! The photo of an emotional Jordan at his Hall of Fame speech in 2009 made its rounds heavily over the course of the year, and was applied to everyone from prom-goers to presidents. No one was safe.
A lot of memes are run into the ground as the trend hits the mainstream. Typically as the irony fades, the hilarity tends to follow suit. Not Crying Jordan.
Photoshop wizards across the globe needed only seconds of public dismay to create the now borderline iconic meme (I cannot fucking believe I just wrote those words).
What a year.
Kevin Durant Players Tribune Cover
Former NBA MVP and scoring champion Kevin Durant garnered what you could consider some “negative press”, if I may use an industry term, this summer when he opted to leave Oklahoma City for defending Western Conference Champions Golden State.
KD is no stranger to internet meme fame. As evidenced below.
His emotional MVP acceptance speech in 2014 spawned one of the year’s most popular jokes when Durant tearfully crowned his mother “The Real MVP”. Good. My mother still has my back and I’m writing an article about memes that will pretty likely eclipse 1,500 words. So.
We can call it a tie momma Durant.
But a sweetheart was KD no longer when he decided the chance to join the greatest regular season team of all time was too juicy to pass up. He announced his departure from The Thunder in a Player’s Tribune article entitled “My Next Chapter”.
Yeah it’s safe to say plain white shirt probably was not the move.
Yeah this happens every time they lose. With every team. I never, ever get tired of it and never will (looking at you people who still post Harambe memes).
Okay fine, I made this one. But late stage capitalism is teetering. Save that one. Maybe you’ll need it one day. I’m already on a list somewhere, so lets have fun with this.
I should probably relax.
In July, Steph Curry, Reigning NBA MVP, released a low top version of his signature shoe under his flagship sponsor Under Armour.
And let me just say, they are actually so fucking ugly it is astounding- and the release in all-white did nothing to help a sneaker brand looking to finally make an impact on a market ripe to be picked.
Twitter couldn’t be refreshed without a catching a dose of new nicknames for the Curry signatures.
(Thanks for nothing Jenny, you selfish harlot)
Anyway, Steph gave the internet plenty to run with in 2016. Yes, Curry’s feet were ripped apart, but it’s hard to imagine his ego could have possibly remained intact after…
BLOWING A 3-1 LEAD TO LEBRON JAMES AND THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
You were up 3 games to 1 on one of the most damned, damaged sports cities on the planet. You blew it against one of the most closely examined, harshly criticized athletes in history. The internet is not going to make it easy on you.
Haha. Suck it.
But anyway. Yeah, so Steph Curry and the greatest regular season team of all time blew a historic lead to the most popular athletes in the world, known for his social media savvy? How bad could it get?
The answer, as it turns out… is pretty fucking bad.
At one point, someone was repeatedly sending Ayesha Curry, Stephen’s wife, photoshopped (shockingly… terrifyingly good) photos, of now champions Lebron James and his sidekick/teammate Kyrie Irving, making graphic, appearingly consensual, group love with a woman that appeared to be Ayesha herself.
You have google. You look for it, but it is exactly as I have described it. It’s visceral.
Here, take this one.
Family friendly as they come. Good, wholesome, Christian memes.
Joel Embiid’s Existence
Even right after the draft, the 76ers now-star, was meming his way into the hearts of millions. Hiding behind the guise of a naive foreigner, the web quickly caught onto the goofy Cameroon native. Sliding into DMs left and right, publicly trolling even the untouchable Lebron James. Spending two years away from athletic activity will do that to a man… *Glances at old jersey on wall… continues blogging*.
The young man with a natural knack for comedy blossomed further one he actually hit the court following two major foot surgeries.
Having dubbed himself “The Process” in homage to the now departed Philadelphia General Manager Sam Hinkie, who drafted and believed in Embiid throughout his struggles with injury, the young man continues to constantly giggle his way through media encounters, while providing true showmanship on the court. Embiid went so far as to shush his own home crowd after being stuffed by the rim on a dunk attempt. Taking to twitter, repeating the mantra across social media #TrustTheProcess, recruiting Lebron James to the bottom feeding 76ers, campaigning for himself for the All-Star game. Embiid himself is a walking meme, and his existence is everything anyone could have asked for.
There were plenty, and I mean PLENTY of NBA memes left that I could have covered, but to me, Embiid is the perfect choice to close out our little review as we stumble blindly into 2017. Embiid represents the future. Not the future of memes, those will continue with or without the 7’2’’ behemoth on the court. But as he provides hope for Sixers fans, perhaps we can draw some sense of what’s to come from the league of the future? Players and fans now can share that sense of community, that feeling of understanding, that common bond that previously made the men of the NBA superhuman more than in a sense of their physical capabilities. Embiid, as well as other young players across the league are something new. Something better.
They’re people just like us- and for every awkward encounter with an ex, for every social stumble, for every time we wave at someone not waving to us, we can feel closer knowing they share some of the same pain.
Except for Chandler Parsons.
What a virgin loser.