NBA Social Recap, Week 14: Celebrations and Statements

Mid-January may be the dog days of the NBA season, but you wouldn’t know it from Twitter and Instagram. Players were all over social media celebrating birthdays, comebacks, throwbacks and step-ups alike. Here are the five bests posts from Week 14 of the 2018-19 campaign, starting with No. 5.

Festus Ezeli hasn’t hit the hardwood since Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. The former champion with the Golden State Warriors has spent the past two-and-a-half years rehabbing from a pesky injury. By the looks of his recent dancing display on Instagram, Festus is well on his way to returning to full health.

However many birthdays Dwyane Wade sees from here on out, 37 will stand alone as the last one he gets to celebrate as an active NBA player. To mark the occasion, the Miami Heat superstar busted out his three championship rings for a reflective Instagram post.

3) Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas Give Jamal Crawford All the Feels

NBA players are just like you and me. They, too, spend their burrowing into rabbit holes on the internet. For Phoenix Suns guard and Sixth Man extraordinaire Jamal Crawford, that means getting choked up while revisiting the historic (and emotional) on-camera reconciliation between Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas from December 2017.

Spencer Dinwiddie isn’t one to waste motion. Every step he’s taken on the court for the Brooklyn Nets this season has come in pairs of his K8IROS signature sneaker, which he’s auctioned off for charity. Now, the Los Angeles native is dishing out free eye exams for children with each three-pointer he drains. Spencer subsequently tipped off his campaign for eye health by draining three triples—and, thus, dispensing three exams—in a 117-115 win over the Orlando Magic on January 18.

1) Mr. Kanter Goes to Washington

Enes Kanter didn’t cross the Atlantic Ocean for this year’s NBA London Game, due to concerns about his safety in the face of threats and arrest warrants from Turkey’s ruling regime. But that doesn’t mean the New York Knicks big man sat around while his teammates faced the Washington Wizards. Instead, Enes took his case to Washington, D.C., where he met with members of the United States Congress, including longtime New York Senator Charles Schumer.


Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.