The highly anticipated NBA regular season tipped off Tuesday night with two marquee matchups featuring some of the sport’s biggest names. And while the first game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the defending champion Toronto Raptors didn’t disappoint with a close game, the second contest between the LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers and crosstown rivals Los Angeles Clippers failed to live up to many of its expectations.
Twitter users noticed, and then some.
But it wasn’t just the players on the court who got some hilarious, if not malicious, meme and gif treatments. Some of the social media ridicule was aimed at the color commentators, too.
Chris Webber, the consistent target of online hate whenever he announces games, worked the first contest and immediately began trending on Twitter for all the wrong reasons.
But Reggie Miller, not to be outdone, made some of his own Twitter traction while announcing the Lakers game when he referred to Chicago as a state.
But it was the Lakers’ team as a whole that many NBA fans on Twitter found to be suspect. Thousands of tweets even tried to resurrect Carmelo Anthony, the exiled free agent who may or may not have been cracking a wry smile watching the Lakers lose after the team reportedly snubbed him for a roster spot. Fans suggested Melo deserved a roster spot over the hodgepodge of players competing in the losing effort. Outside of newly acquired star Anthony Davis and LeBron James, the latter of whom had a lackluster showing in the loss, the rest of the team seemed to leave a lot to be desired.
Dwight Howard, who signed with the Lakers in the summer after enduring a season of injury and ridicule last year, was back to being ridiculed Tuesday night after he scored only three points in 19 minutes. Howard, who stands at nearly 7 feet tall, was mocked for how his shorts appeared to fit him and had a dunk attempt blocked by the Clippers’ star player and defensive ace, Kawhi Leonard (the same guy who went viral over the summer for saying “What it dooo, baybeee?”), who is shorter at 6 foot, 7 inches.
Howard and the Lakers’ other center, JaVale McGee, combined for fewer rebounds than Patrick Beverley, the Clippers’ energetic starting point guard who is just 6’1.
Fresh off an NBA title with Golden State in June, point guard Quinn Cook signed with the Lakers in the offseason. But his first official game in purple and gold was a wash, as he missed the same wide-open shots that he routinely made for the Warriors. Twitter users took notice, and then some. The Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also got similar treatment for his own underwhelming effort.
And even though it was just the first game of the season, there were apparently some heavy coaching implications going into the Lakers game, in particular. Many people speculated that Lakers Head Coach Frank Vogel was just a temporary stand-in until he gets fired in the middle of the season and replaced by Assistant Coach Jason Kidd. Tuesday night’s loss didn’t help ease those rumors.
Aside from some comedic relief, the tweets were all basically inconsequential. But they added some levity to what many people felt was a disappointing opening night of the 2019-2020 NBA season. Scroll down to see some more hilarious Twitter reactions from NBA fans who watched Tuesday night’s pair of season-opening games.
1. NBA color commentators Reggie Miller and Chris Webber
Reggie Miller thinks Chicago is a state pic.twitter.com/h6j1NDQzPL— LuLu (@RickFortyOne_) October 23, 2019
Listening to Chris Webber and Reggie Miller in back to back games pic.twitter.com/3RslPhJx9E— J-Beans (@JBeans_15) October 23, 2019
Whew Chris Webber with the Reggie Miller chaser :( pic.twitter.com/bBeMVCGY8s— yc (@yc) October 23, 2019
The NBA’s back, but it means another year of Chris Webber and Reggie Miller on TNT pic.twitter.com/QE6N6YqIA4— Dad Hat Wearer (@onemantobeat) October 22, 2019
7. Carmelo Anthony
Melo watching KCP play 20+ minutes and score 0 pic.twitter.com/icMA0YdJbQ— NBA Memes (@nbamemesinsta) October 23, 2019
Melo at the crib like pic.twitter.com/DsCL5E1ByR— Black Big Lebowski (@LaJethroJenkins) October 23, 2019
Melo at home watching KCP play on this Lakers team pic.twitter.com/YpY6SKlrzC— MG (@M_Glaub) October 23, 2019
11. Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard and Javale McGee combined for 8 rebounds while Pat Bev had 10? pic.twitter.com/Hq5NRFhLOn— Gamecube Controller (@DJGamecubeCon) October 23, 2019
Dwight Howard and Javale McGee combined: 8 rebounds— Sam Yeezy (@samstaydipped) October 23, 2019
Pat Beverley: 10 rebounds pic.twitter.com/VKJW3kFFwL
When you see "Dwight" is trending and it's just about Dwight Howard pic.twitter.com/zs0eVFYhNS— Jason (@JT_Ashcraft) October 23, 2019
16. Quinn Cook
*Quinn Cook held up at gunpoint*— Pablo Escobarner (blue check) (@PabloEscobarner) October 23, 2019
Robber: “Make this kick out wide ass open three or I’m shooting!”
Quinn Cook: pic.twitter.com/fXjOV4dEaC
19. Lakers Head Coach Frank Vogel
Jason Kidd looking at Vogel like all assisting and no head coaching makes Jason a dull boy all assisting and no head coaching makes Jason a dull boy all assisting and no head coaching makes Jason a dull no pic.twitter.com/Ttyp6U9ZnE— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) October 23, 2019
Frank Vogel the whole night.. pic.twitter.com/bTMKGsxzHt— JED II MORTALENEMY (@MORTALENEMYHQ) October 23, 2019
21. LeBron James
LeBron outplayed by Kawhi again pic.twitter.com/BsT9tV4Eud— The Barber’s Chair Network (@BarbersChairNet) October 23, 2019