By: R. Behar
Basketball is a great sport practiced by over 450 million globally. Thus, it is usually practiced to a great degree of seriousness independent at what level it is being played. Nevertheless, some unexpected moments in games create humorous scenarios. Therefore, the media and fans create funny scenarios out of these creating memes. These templates are great part of modern comedy and many people are entertained through their content. Many examples are located below:
Nick Young (Swaggy P):
Nick young also known as ‘Swaggy P’, is notorious for his memorable moments on the court. Either draining multiple three pointers in a row or even celebrating. Nevertheless, Swaggy has never let down on producing comical moments such as illustrated. His ‘confused expression’ has been used and popularized all across social media becoming a staple within memes. His fame and popularity have only grown from such media presence increasing his relevance in modern culture.
But one question remains, where did his nickname originate from?
Lebron James, arguably the greatest current basketball player has an extensive social media presence. His greatness has only provided us with unforgettable moments of his triumph or defeat. Nevertheless, such moments do not disappoint being humorous either way. One example is the first game of the 2018 NBA finals when the Cleveland Cavaliers were confronting the Golden State Warriors. In the last possession of the game, both teams had tied, and Cleveland had one free-throw in order to capture a lead. Nevertheless, this free-throw was missed, and Cleveland’s JR Smith managed to grab the rebound. However instead of going for an easy shot allowing them to win the game he dribbled the ball out of the three-point line only to then notice his mistake. Therefore, Lebron James, enraged by this mistake made the hand and face gestures illustrated in the photo creating this notorious moment.
Being the positive person that Lebron is in the face of victory he may make some peculiar faces or maybe bomb interviews as such in the example. However, one thing that forever will be the ‘King’s’ staple is ‘Taco Tuesday’
Carmelo Anthony (Hoodie Melo):
Carmelo Anthony was considered one of the best scorers in the NBA in the past decade. He was highly popular being constantly in the New York spotlight playing for the Knicks. Thus, he himself as produced his own fair share of memorable moments. The most popular would be the ‘Hoodie melo’ trend. This originated when the Brooklyn native was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. In his first media conference he showed up wearing a jersey over a hoodie. From then on this new figure grabbed national attention as Hoodie Melo became extremely relevant in mainstream media.