The NBA is a league full of characters. Out of all the professional sports leagues in the United States, it might just have the largest collection of funny characters who play any given sport. Here is a good example: commentating the games we have a guy like Shaq who might be one of the funniest athletes who ever lived. We have Sir Charles Barkley, who has an even bigger meme potential as a pundit than he had when he was a player. Playing the game, we have guys like Swaggy P and Dion Waiters, who clearly believe themselves to be the greatest players in the history of the sport even though they’re not even the first scoring options in their own teams. We have the iconic figure of Brian Scalabrine, who might’ve been one of the weakest players in terms of basketball skills ever to enter an NBA court, but still came out as one of the greatest players of all time thanks to the advent of the Internet.
Not only players and off the court personalities, but NBA fans are also a gold mine of comedy. Just go to Facebook, or Twitter, or Google and search for funny NBA, or funny NBA memes, and you will be provided with enough material to keep you busy from the time you get off work until it’s time to go back to work again. And to help out with that, we’ve selected 15 of the funniest NBA memes that will make you cry with laughter. So get ready for some daggers and jump out of the bandwagon because here are some funny memes.
15 Bye Bye Ankles
The 2017 playoffs have not been easy on a few guys. Take Dennis Schroder from the Atlanta Hawks as an example. He has been given the tough task of guarding John Wall during their first round series. And as one might expect, guarding one of the craftiest players in the game has not been easy for Schroder. In the picture above we can catch a good glimpse of what this series has been like for the German guard.
When he has the ball, Schroder has been trying his best to beat Wall off the dribble and set up his teammates. He has been good with the second, as he’s averaging 6.3 assists per game and leading his team, but on the one-on-one matchup with John Wall, he has been destroyed. Hopefully, he’ll be able to finish this series with his ankles still attached to his feet.
14 When They Catch You Lying
When Damian Lillard came out before the start of the playoffs and said that the Portland Trail Blazers would beat the Golden State Warriors in six games, many people laughed at him. Well, those people are probably laughing harder at him now. Not only did the Blazers not win a single game in the series, but they were also bulldozed throughout the first round. To make matters even worse, the Warriors were playing without their top scorer, as Kevin Durant seldom stepped on the court during the series.
Perhaps Lillard and the Blazers could bounce back next year. However as it stands now, the Blazers are home licking their wounds while the Warriors are coasting. Perhaps Lillard should keep predictions to himself next year.
The Toronto Raptors are one of those teams that could very well reach the conference finals. Nevertheless, their play against Jason Kidd’s Milwaukee Bucks in the first round has been far from what people were expecting. The Bucks gave the Raptors one heck of a fight, but the Raptors managed to pull away in six games.
Still though, the Raptors were far from impressive against the upstart Bucks and if they have plans on winning a championship, they're going to have to reach another level of intensity. Their road to the finals will feature Cleveland and Boston/Washington. That's a tough road and friendly dinosaurs just won't get it done. Let's see what a meme like this will look like when the playoffs are all said and done.
You know when people say you don’t value what you have until you lose it? Well, Erik Spoelstra might’ve found that out with little time to adapt. It’s hard to know if the championship runs with his old big three led Spoelstra to believe he was a primetime coach in the NBA. If it did, sure it has to sting worse now that he sees how well Wade and LeBron have been playing without his coaching skills, and how bad Chris Bosh has been under him.
One way or the other, every year since LeBron went away and especially now since Wade went back to Chicago, Spoelstra has to feel the pain and disappointment of not being there. Or, if he’s more of a positive guy, he could do like good old Wolverine up there and drown himself in the nostalgia of the good old days.
11 Clippers Logic
The Clippers are a tough team to understand. They have the best pure point guard in the game without a doubt. They have two All-Star big men, both of whom can crash the glass and help the team dominate rebounds both offensively and defensively. They have a J.J. Redick who could shoot with the best of them. And they have a coach who has been to the big stage and won the whole thing. Still, they just don’t seem to get there. Sure, the competition is fierce, and a lot of teams are gunning for the top spot out of the West. But the Clippers might just be the team who has been together the longest, and they still never went past the second round of the playoffs.
Maybe they’re just not meant to do it, or maybe they’re just protecting themselves from blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. You be the judge.
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ comeback in Game 3 of their first round series win over the Indiana Pacers has to be one of the most amazing things that happened in this most fantastic season we’ve been watching. But honestly, who could guess that the math would be this perfect?
Since what happened in the finals last year we’ve been seeing a barrage of “Warriors blew a 3-1 lead” memes. Some of them are really funny, some of them are funny enough for you to cry, and if you’re a Warriors fan most of them are enough for you to feel the burn. Nevertheless, whenever they involve LeBron and Cleveland they just seem to be even funnier. Is it tough to believe that the King might’ve waited for the Pacers to open that lead so he could come back and win by five just to do the math and add up to 31? Yes, it is tough to believe. But the meme is still funny.
A $200,000 fine does not seem like something one would get without deserving it right? It happened to Derrick Rose this year though. The New York Knicks guard got fined that hefty amount because he missed a game. Yes, Derrick Rose missed a game.
There are two things we could take away from this:
Number one is that if you miss a day of work and your boss screams at you the next day; you should know that it's only fair because if you were an NBA player, instead of that screaming, you would lose enough money to buy a house in most states.
The second takeaway is that you shouldn’t be missing games. We won’t go too deep into this one because D Rose said the problem was with his family, but it’s still odd that he couldn’t just talk to the team instead of not showing up for a game. At the end of the day, he should just keep to the Allen Iverson code that if you should skip something you should skip practice.
8 The Truth
We are staying with D Rose for one more. This time, someone we could only assume is a very creative Knicks fan who was not too happy with the two most notable additions to the New York squad this season, decided to take a jab at the two of them. First of all, everyone knew going into this that at some point Derrick Rose would get injured. There is nothing he can do at this point; his knees just can’t take that much punishing. He was still solid while he was playing, so while it might be true that Rose spent a good deal of time in a hospital bed, he deserved a little better treatment.
On the other hand, the criticism posed to Joakim Noah was nothing but fair. Noah has reached a new low in terms of free-throw shooting. So you can understand when Knicks fans are pissed off that a guy who averaged almost 70 percent in free-throw shooting through his career shot only 43.6 percent from the line this season.
7 Triangle Out!
Carmelo Anthony is in the news again. And believe it or not, this time it has nothing to do with him yet again failing to help the Knicks reach a playoff spot. The news is about a particular affair he allegedly had. The Knicks' top scorer apparently jumped the fence and knocked up somebody. Initial reports came out saying that this person might’ve been a stripper, but the friends of Mia Burks confirmed that she is nothing close to being an exotic dancer. She is a Northwestern University graduate who has a Master’s degree in health and communication according to Page Six.
One way or the other, the Phil Jackson on the meme above seems to think that the details are not so important. What is important is that the whole world knows that Melo holds the ball too much. And he’s right, just look at the stats: Melo averaged just 2.9 assists per game this season.
One of the biggest joke material news this season surfaced when the buzz came out that LeBron James demanded that the Cleveland Cavaliers signed more playmakers. The demands would’ve made a little more sense if the Cavaliers had not just won the NBA championship and had a guy like Kyrie Irving to lead the charge when LeBron decided to sit out the many games he rested this year.
It all culminated with this Pennywise the clown meme, which is just perfect. This meme should be used so much more than it has been used so far. Now, put out your hand if you’re the one soul who doesn’t believe LeBron would’ve jumped into those sewers if that demon clown told him there were playmakers down there.
5 Knicks Logic
The nightmare in New York seems like it will never end. Be it with the Knicks or the Nets, neither of the two clubs seem like they will be able to climb out of the hole they are in anytime soon.
The Knicks had a horrible season again. They finished in 12th place in the weak Eastern Conference. Still, for most teams that failed to get into the playoffs, the silver lining is that they might get a good draft pick.
While the Knicks have been notorious for picking bad players with good picks, with the exception of Kristaps Porzingis, they were set for a good lottery spot. The only problem was that they had to decide in a tiebreaker against the Minnesota Timberwolves on who would pick first. Let’s be honest; the Timberwolves do not need any more promising young players. Nevertheless, as it always seems to be the case with the Knicks, they lost the pingpong ball tiebreaker and will pick after the Timberwolves.
4 No Pacers Land
How sad must it be to be a Pacers’ fan since Reggie Miller retired? Well, this father and son duo personify very well what it must be like to have cheered for Paul George and company this past couple of seasons.
Much like last year, they seemed like a promising squad this season. At one point they had us all believing that they could beat the Cavs as they lead LeBron’s team by as much as 26 points. Unfortunately for the Pacers, most Cinderella stories end even before they can begin, and soon enough that 26 point lead became a five-point deficit. And not too long after that, what Larry Bird and the rest of the organization hoped could become a real playoff push became another sweep for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
3 Got Rings
No NBA meme compilation would ever be complete without the presence of Mr. Kevin Durant.
KD has arguably been the quickest person to fall out of the public’s grace since LeBron James decided to take his talents to South Beach. For sure, the decision seems similar, but there are a few factors that distinguish the two.
When LeBron went to Miami, he pretty much created his own team. When KD decided to sign with Golden State, he just signed up wherever he had the best chance to win a championship. Not counting that Golden State was the team that had just beaten him and Russell Westbrook the previous year.
Clearly, the only thing this man is interested in are rings. So when Pennywise peaks out with that little pale face, you can bet KD will dive right after him.
2 Bandwagon City
The good old bandwagon joke. It first started when Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnet joined forces in Boston and all of a sudden the Celtics had the largest following in the NBA. It escalated when LeBron, Wade and Chris Bosh took their talents to South Beach. And it has reached a whole new level since Steph Curry and Klay Thompson started shooting everybody out of playoff contention.
Ever since then, real Warriors’ fans have been treated with an unfair attitude. Because want it or not, every time you bump into someone on the street, and they happen to tell you they're Golden State fans, you instantly label them a bandwagon fan.
So, in order to weed out the trend-riders, ask a simple question most bandwagon fans would never guess or take the time to research. Ask them who was the last man to win a slam dunk championship in a Warriors’ jersey. Any real fan should know that.
1 LaVar is The King
When the curtains closed on March Madness and the NCAA season was over, most people would rightfully think that North Carolina was the winner. But the real winner was the guy up there and his son. It doesn’t matter how ridiculous everything he said throughout this year sounds. He played his part as only a genius would, and he got exactly what he wanted. LaVar Ball might believe he can beat Michael Jordan one-on-one, he might not, but it doesn’t matter. The hype for his son is already there, and if Lonzo answers the call and plays one-fifth of what his dad told the world he could play, this guy’s going to be a star. Not to mention the ridiculous sponsor deals he’s going to get right off the gate just because his dad is crazy.
Either way, you better believe it; Kobe passed the ball to this man. Don’t take our word for it, take LaVar’s. He knows what he’s doing.