NBA Social Recap, Week 26: Basketball Legends Leap into Retirement
The end of the NBA season brought with it a wide array of celebrations. From legends leaving the league for good to current stars locking in for the postseason, the first full week of April offered plenty of fodder for basketball fans on social media. Here are the five best Twitter and Instagram posts from Week 26, starting with No. 5.
5) Ball Brothers Take Their Horse Down ‘Old Town Road’
You won’t see “Old Town Road” popping up on NBA Name-Drop, since the viral hit from Lil Nas X doesn’t feature any lyrical references to basketball. You will, however, see the country rap track atop the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and, as of this past week, featured on Lonzo Ball’s Instagram account. The Los Angeles Lakers guard showed off some cowboy-centric dance moves alongside his brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, and friend Anthony Salazar for a bit of hilarious fun.
4) Stephen Curry Leaves #LifeMode to Salute Tiger Woods
The Golden State Warriors’ push for a third straight title and fourth in five years occasioned another log-off from social media for Stephen Curry. That is, until Tiger Woods won The Masters, claiming his fifth Green Jacket and first golf major championship since 2008. The two-time NBA MVP broke out of #LifeMode on his Palm to congratulate Tiger on his victory, heralding it as the “Greatest comeback story in sports!”—presumably since the 2016 NBA Finals, at least.
3) Channing Frye Shares Morning-After Retirement Message
Channing Frye may not be bound for the Hall of Fame, but his retirement from the NBA is noteworthy nonetheless. The 14-season veteran battled back from a heart condition and family tragedies to win a championship in 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers alongside LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. As Channing shared on Instagram, the 35-year-old big man celebrated the end of his time in the league by partying with family and friends until six in the morning, following a 10-point performance in his career finale against the Charlotte Hornets.
2) Steve Nash’s Ode to Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki did his best to play coy with his impending retirement throughout the season. That didn’t stop the league from saluting him throughout—or his corporate partners from preparing for the inevitable. Nike, in particular, enlisted Steve Nash, Dirk’s former All-Star running mate with the Dallas Mavericks, to narrate a stirring animation honoring the giant German’s incredible career.
1) Dwyane Wade Gets a Star-Studded Send-off
What do LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Aaron Rodgers, Oprah Winfrey, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mike Krzyzewski, Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Cuban, Scottie Pippen, John Legend, DJ Khaled, Anna Wintour, Usain Bolt, Serena Williams, Derek Jeter and Ron Howard have in common? They’re among the many celebrities who came together to commemorate the conclusion of Dwyane Wade’s #OneLastDance and wish him well in retirement. Since compiling a triple-double in his finale with the Miami Heat, D-Wade has dined with friends and family, treated himself to a spa day and settled in as the latest ex-athlete commentator on Twitter.
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.