The NBA season has come to a close, and in a surprise to absolutely nobody, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals. Despite the predictable and boring outcome, the entirety of the NBA season was filled with unforgettable moments. Here are some of the best of them.
Rockets-Clippers tunnel feud
Who could forget one of the wackiest and craziest stories of the season? After a January 15 matchup between the Rockets and Clippers, in which things got a little chippy, several Rockets players went looking for Austin Rivers. It was reported that James Harden, Trevor Ariza, and Gerald Green were led by Chris Paul into the Clippers locker room via a secret tunnel. They even had Clint Capela knock on the Clippers locker room door and stand out front as a diversion! It’s very unfortunate we couldn’t have seen these two teams face off in the playoffs.
Kevin Durant burner accounts
Burner accounts have been all over the news in recent weeks thanks to former 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo. However, back in September, Warriors star Kevin Durant made burner accounts the big talking piece, as he appeared to forget to log out of his actual Twitter and onto a burner. In two tweets, KD bashes the roster and coach of his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Not a great look for the two-time Finals MVP.
J.R. Smith throws soup
J.R. Smith is always known for being a little out there. Some of his most notable antics have been: not wearing a shirt during the Cavs Championship parade, riding a segway into a game, sending DMs to girls on Twitter or forgetting the score in game one of the Finals with five seconds left. The most “J.R.” story of the year has to go to when he was suspended for one game back in March for throwing a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damion Jones.
KCP Got Arrested
I don’t remember this one making too many headlines, but it always cracked me up. Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was found guilty of violating his probation, which led to him having to serve 25 days. But, KCP still played. Yep, he got a police escort to and from games and practices for a month, and that’s all he could do for that month. World Wide Wob has the same questions we do on Twitter.
Eric Bledsoe Tweet
Who can forget Eric Bledsoe’s infamous “I don’t wanna be here” tweet? Now, Bledsoe says he was at a hair salon tweeting that, but considering he asked for a trade from Phoenix and was traded within a few weeks, it’s easy to tell that Bledsoe was talking about the Suns.
Bobby Portis v. Nikola Mirotic
A good two-man duo is often called a “One-Two Punch,” but in Chicago that expression took on a whole other meaning. Right before the season began, Bulls power forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic got in a bit of a skirmish, as Portis wound up punching Mirotic in the face. This led to Portis getting suspended, as well as Mirotic having a few of his facial bones broken. It all worked out in the end for the two, as Portis had a breakout season and Mirotic wound up shining for the Pelicans in the playoffs after being traded.
What is a Rookie?
This year’s rookie class was amazing. Donovan Mitchell, Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, Lauri Markkanen, Dennis Smith Jr., De’Aaron Fox, John Collins, and Kyle Kuzma have all looked like future stars in the league. Mitchell and Simmons separated themselves from the pack though and were in a year-long rookie-of-the-year battle. But if you were to ask Donovan Mitchell’s hoodies, he deserves rookie of the year, as Simmons isn’t a rookie. The “beef” between these two was big on Twitter, and the divisiveness will come to an end at the NBA Awards Show when one of the two is crowned rookie of the year.
Fergie’s National Anthem
All-Star Weekend is always filled with fun as we get to see amazing dunks, great 3-point shooters, and then the best players in the world give no effort on defense while playing amazing offense. The most memorable part of this year’s All-Star Weekend had to be Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem. The less said about it, the better.
The Tank Race
This year, there were a whole lot of bad teams in the NBA. A grand total of nine NBA teams won fewer than 30 games, which led to a lot of unfamiliar faces playing in the NBA. The Suns called up Danuel House, and he showed up the Warriors. The Hawks called up Damion Lee for him to average over 10 points per game on 11 starts. The Memphis Grizzlies had 24 different players play in an NBA game for them this year. But the epitome of the tank was found this year in the last game of the season between the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns. If you can recognize more than five guys on the box score, I’ll be impressed.
Kawhi and Markelle Injuries
Kawhi Leonard entered the season as an MVP candidate, and Markelle Fultz was fresh off being the first pick in the draft. Yet, the two combined to play just 23 games due to weird injury situations. Despite Kawhi Leonard being cleared to play by team doctors, he opted to sit out for the rest of the season. This led to Coach Pop throwing shade at him, and there were many rumors about Kawhi wanting to be traded. As far as Markelle Fultz, he missed some time due to a shoulder injury and then videos surfaces of him forgetting how to shoot a basketball. It was so bad that 76ers coach Brett Brown said that he’d play as soon as he learned how to shoot a ball. Here’s for hoping these two can come back fully healthy and normal next year.
Is John Wall a Good Teammate?
During the middle of the season, Wizards star John Wall and Wizards center Marcin Gortat appeared to have a little disagreement. After Wall went out with an injury, there was some subtweeting between the two, which led to John Wall calling out Gortat saying he gets “the most spoon-fed baskets ever.”