Every now and then, NBA stars take to Twitter to share their thoughts, respond to fans, announce deals. And well… sometimes their tweets become sensations.
From LeBron James calling Donald Trump a ‘bum’ to Giannis Antetokounmpo getting in trouble for watching Shakira and Jennifer Lopez perform during the Super Bowl, these are the most viral tweets of each NBA star.
It was September of 2017 when LeBron James called the President of the United States a ‘bum’.
After the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship, President Donald Trump said they were not welcomed at the White House. LeBron took offense to that, and tweeted, the following:
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet before his death on January 26, 2020, was a powerful tribute to LeBron James.
Kobe showed respect to LeBron, who had just surpassed him in the all-time scoring list.
Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother 💪🏾 #33644
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2020
Shaquille O’Neal’s most viral tweet came shortly after Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, tragically lost their lives in a helicopter crash.
There are no words to describe the following tweet.
There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW pic.twitter.com/pigHywq3c1
— SHAQ.SOL (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020
After breaking his kneecap in the 2015 NBA Finals, Kyrie Irving missed a significant period of time. On December 19, 2015, he tweeted “I’m back,” and returned to action a couple of days later.
— A11Even (@KyrieIrving) December 19, 2015
Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson’s record for most triple-doubles in a season with 42, beat the Denver Nuggets at the buzzer to eliminate them from playoff contention, and recorded 50 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists.
After the game, Russ tweeted “All praise to the Man above. #whynot.”
— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) April 10, 2017
James Harden had an iconic interview moment during his Houston Rockets days that turned into a meme.
A young fan did the Harden eye roll post-game interview moment and tweeted it. ‘The Beard’ retweeted and typed it was the best one out there.
😂😂😂 I think the best one out. Nailed it young fella🔨 https://t.co/B3pbYzabAX
— James Harden (@JHarden13) November 3, 2017
Back in September of 2017, president Donald Trump criticized some in the NFL, saying team owners should be firing players who kneel during the national anthem.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b*** off the field right now, out, he’s fired,” said Trump.
Chris Paul, responded to Donald Trump, stating the following on Twitter:
And I doubt he's man enough to call any of those players a son of a bitch to their face…
— Chris Paul (@CP3) September 23, 2017
After Paul George suffered a horrific leg injury in Team USA’s scrimmage in 2014, he took on Twitter to thank the fans for the message and vouched to come back stronger.
Thanks everybody for the love and support.. I'll be ok and be back better than ever!!! Love y'all!! #YoungTrece
— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) August 2, 2014
Klay Thompson’s most viral tweet came in January of 2021, where his teammate and Splash brother Stephen Curry put up a career-high 62 points against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Thompson congratulated Curry on his new career-high and welcomed him to the 60-point club.
Sheeeesh @StephenCurry30 🔥!! Welcome to the club big bro #62 🐐
— klay thompson (@KlayThompson) January 4, 2021
During the 2020 NBA bubble, Damian Lillard and Patrick Beverley went at it. After Dame missed two potential game-winning free throws against the Clippers, Pat Bev took on Instagram to comment on Bleacher Report’s post “Cancun on 3,” referring to Lillard going on vacation after a failed season.
It wasn’t long after when Lillard responded to Beverley on Twitter himself. With the Clippers getting eliminated by the Nuggets in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals, here’s what Lillard tweeted:
@patbev21 I guess I should extend this Cancun invite since I haven’t made my arrangements yet 😂😂😂
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) September 16, 2020
John Wall’s most viral tweet is a heartfelt one. Wall lost a 6-year old close friend to cancer in his Washington Wizards days back in 2014.
During one of his post-game interviews, Wall was moved to tears, while dedicating Washington’s 133-132 double-overtime victory over Boston to her.
— John Wall (@JohnWall) December 9, 2014
Shakira and Jennifer Lopez almost got the Greek Freak in trouble during the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show.
His tweet says it all.
Halftime show almost got me in trouble😂
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) February 3, 2020
Joel Embiid’s most viral tweet is also a very recent one.
Minutes after it was reported that his former teammate Ben Simmons had been traded to Brooklyn in exchange for James Harden, Embiid just tweeted a single meme that went viral with over 476K likes.
— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) February 10, 2022
During the 2016 MLB World Series, the Cleveland Indians blew a 3-1 lead to the Chicago Cubs.
A few months earlier, Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors had infamously blown a 3-1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Man 3-1 sucks
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) November 3, 2016
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s most viral tweet came after the passing of Kobe Bryant.
The Lakers legend posted a powerful, heartfelt video on social media, talking about the greatness of the ‘Black Mamba’.
Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players. But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete. pic.twitter.com/9EZuwk8wrV
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) January 26, 2020
Bill Russell gave the middle finger on live TV during the 2018 NBA awards to Charles Barkley.
He then followed it up with his most viral tweet:
— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) June 26, 2018
17-year old Joaquin Oliver lost his life among 16 other innocent kids at the Douglas High School shooting in Parkland back in 2018.
Oliver was a huge Dwyane Wade fan and was really excited to see his idol return to Miami.
This is Joaquin Oliver. He was one of the 17 young lives that were lost tragically at Douglas HighSchool in Parkland. Joaquin was one of many that i heard was excited about my return to Miami and yesterday was buried in my jersey. This is why we will not just SHUT up and dribble! pic.twitter.com/X0tfTTao33
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) February 26, 2018
Celebrities, athletes, fans, media members were in shock on January 26, 2020. Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna had lost their lives in a tragic helicopter crash.
Following the news of Bryant’s passing, Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell took to Twitter to ask the NBA of retiring Bryant’s No. 24 league-wide.
PLEASE @NBA RETIRED 24! LEAGUE WIDE!!
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) January 26, 2020
Victor Oladipo texted his trainer about getting back to work just minutes after Indiana’s Game 7 loss to the Cavaliers in 2018.
Dirk Nowitzki tried the same with his trainer, and well… let’s just say he responded quite differently.
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) May 1, 2018