They come in photos or gifs.
There are countless picture-perfect moments in the NBA.
From Michael Jordan’s iconic dunk from the free throw line in the 1987 Dunk Contest, to Dwyane Wade’s lob to LeBron James during the “Heatles” era, to Nick Young raising his two hands even before his three-ball even kissed the rim (it rimmed out).
But for the younger, internet-savvy fans, the memes mattered more. So we listed some of the most iconic memes that made us shed a tear or two over the years.
Well, after laughing our hearts out of course.
James Harden's side-eye
LeBron James blows top over JR Smith
JR Smith messed up big time in the dying seconds of Game 1 of the 2018 Finals between Cavs and Golden State Warriors. James naturally got mad as may have the play that cost him the championship.
Luckily for the internet, it created this meme.
LeBron James photobomb
The King photobombed a Dwyane Wade interview with this troll face. Of course it made the Internet.
How do you maintain a dead face after hitting a game-winner?
If something sounded downright preposterous, this Nick Young meme is the perfect response.
Lance blowing in LBJ’s ears
James was so dominant in the early 2010s people would do everything to get in his head. James won that series against the Pacers, so we guess Lance was not successful.
Alonzo "Life hits you" Mourning
Zo is an NBA and meme legend.
The GOAT uncharacteristically broke down in tears during his Hall of Fame speech. Fitting to MJ, this is also the GOAT of NBA memes. His Last Dance meme reacting to Gary Payton's comments about tiring him out during the '96 Finals also deserves an honorable mention.