Killing time while killing time waiting for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals to begin, the bustling ACTimes.com Sports department turned to that new age Office Olympic game: Filling time surfing the Internets. All of them.
And topping the trending charts on Twitter and Tumblr, or racking up the most “Likes” on Facebook are the viral tidal wave of NBA memes like this:
What’s a meme? Here’s Urban Dictionary’s definition:
“An idea, belief or belief system, or pattern of behavior that spreads throughout a culture either vertically by cultural inheritance (as by parents to children) or horizontally by cultural acquisition (as by peers, information media, and entertainment media). Derived from the Greek mimëma, ‘something imitated’.”
Naturally the blogosphere with all its creative juices would jump start Photoshop sarcasm. Download a picture, add a clever joke line or word play, and voila! Instant Internet comedy improv.
Take this top Spurs meme making the rounds for example:
Awesomely creative, and seizing the moment on SA’s 8-0 playoff start. Although we should expect a Game 5, and 6, possibly even 7 vs. OKC.
But while we wait for Sunday night to roll around, let’s take a look at some of the top trending memes making viral cameos.
Staying with the Spurs, since SA fans can be just as clever as any Wifi’d fan base in the NBA. Such as when Lebron James picked up his 3rd MVP award, Spurs Nation was quick on the meme draw:
Direct. To the point. A gut shot to LBJ’s head-banded ego. Speaking of Lebron’s headbands…
Lebron is an easy, and popular target in the Meme Octagon. Take, for instance:
The kind of smack James will endure until that first NBA ring adorns his finger. The kind of disdain directed to the Heat as a whole, considering the Lebron/Chris Bosh exodus to join forces with Dwayne Wade in search of championship glory.
Ouch. The truth hurts.
Mainly hurts the side of your ribs from laughing so hard since the barbs are so on target.
Where’s George Lopez to ask “Why you crying?” when you need him?
We know the Lebron “Lost in the 4th Quarter” look.
What’s Timmy’s crunch time face? Meme Nation knows:
Not a man of many faces. Just a poker face. Ok, and the “That foul was on ME?” look.
Not even Gregg Popovich can escape the meme satire scud missiles:
Especially when Hall of Fame coach known for defense has the top scoring team in the playoffs.
Meme Nation likes to invoke the voice of NBA legends from the past to poke fun at their alleged heir apparents:
Lebron and Kobe Bryant: the top two hype-and-hate generating machines in all the league.
Here’s Bryant’s bulls-eye hits:
See what a 42-point, ZERO assist elimination game performance does for your “Good Teammate” credibility, Kobe?
Don’t laugh. After all, if Shaq can return to Orlando to interview for their GM opening, is LA’s Player/GM/Coach too far fetched?
Like the old NBA adage goes, “If it walks like a ball hog, and talks like a ball hog…”
Ouch again. Low blows come uncensored without any penalty flags or technical fouls.
Which allows for more taunts:
The only place where a classy Derek Fisher can actually say what everyone THINKS he feels.
But we already knew what Kevin Durant thinks of Doodle Jump:
And now we know that the Lakers don’t meet Doodle standards.
For OKC’s Bearded bench beast, James Harden, his brainwaves are easy to read:
Momentum suddenly is the next game’s violent elbow.
Or riding the coattails of the “Most Interesting Man in the World”:
Kobe and LBJ remain the co-holders of the “Most Memed Men in the World” title belts.
And so we leave you with this, from the often used, wild-eyed smirking grin of Willy Wonka:
If it means the Golden Ticket for the Spurs to reach the NBA Finals, pass the bucket of Wonka bars.
We’ve got memes to work on.