While Twitter sometimes serves as a powerful platform for social change, it is far more frequently the dumping ground for unfiltered insults, invective and incivility. With the passions inspired in fans of professional sports teams, star players often serve as super-sized targets for such mockery — perhaps, none more so than the NBA’s elite.
Three years ago, Jimmy Kimmel Live debuted the NBA edition of its Mean Tweets segment — in which stars read nasty comments about themselves — and the video has since garnered almost 24 millions views on YouTube. With the edition released this week, there are now five compilations of contempt which we present below.
MEAN TWEETS: NBA EDITION #5
The latest edition of Mean Tweets features, in order of appearance, Zach LaVine, DeAndre Jordan, Mike Conley, Paul George, Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, Jay Williams, Caron Butler, Doc Rivers, Walt Frazier, Joel Embid, James Harden, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Karl Malone.
MEAN TWEETS: NBA EDITION #4
Last year’s Mean Tweets also included Rivers, Johnson, O’Neal and Jordan, but also starred Jalen Rose, Klay Thompson, Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, Russell Westbrook, Reggie Miller, Stephan Curry and Dikembe Mutombo.
MEAN TWEETS: NBA EDITION #3
In the third edition of NBA Mean Tweets, Curry and Thompson’s teammate Draymond Green responded bemusedly to having his appearance likened to that of Donkey from Shrek.
MEAN TWEETS: NBA EDITION #2
In the second edition of the Kimmel sketch, Jeremy Lin gave as good as he got, letting @KhobeAustin know he should “git” spellcheck after reading his poorly constructed tweet.
MEAN TWEETS: NBA EDITION #1
In the debut episode of the NBA edition, Blake Griffin seems to agree with a mean tweeter’s observation that Chris Paul’s nose looks like Michael Jackson’s before his several surgeries. Paul, for his part, is not amused.