- Metta World Peace's Twitter rant, Zaza Pachulia and Robert De Niro and a NSFW performance by the Grizzlies mascot highlights the week in NBA social media.
Welcome back to The Crossover’s weekly social media power rankings, where we determine who won the week off the court. The third week of the NBA season featured a full dose of thoughts from one of the league’s most interesting players, a trip to Chuck E. Cheese’s, and two teammates finally becoming Twitter friends. We’ll rank performances from best to worst. Here’s how the week shook out (you can see last week’s rankings here).
1. Metta World Peace
Metta was operating on a totally different level than everyone else this week. He has these prolific runs every few months where he gives us incredibly bizarre, incredibly awesome thoughts before disappearing for a bit. He’s on a hot streak right now.
Some tweets were a little too weird, or serious, or political, but there were plenty that were laugh-out-loud funny. Embedding only some tweets in here doesn’t do the week justice, but let’s go through them real quick.
He went through and listed what he’d do as president, adding that he’d add Ben Wallace and the beer-thrower from the “Malice at the Palace” to his cabinet. He later deleted the promise about the latter.
He is anxious to see the next season of Game of Thrones.
And, he had some thoughts on the “Malice at the Palace”
2. Hassan Whiteside
Hassan tagged along with Josh Richardson and his nephew to a party at Chuck E. Cheese’s. He dominated at football while Josh, a starting guard, got … four tickets at pop-a-shot? Dude!
3. Iman Shumpert
4. Boban Marjanovic
He put Andre Drummond on to some Serbian rap! It goes extra hard.
5. Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas absolutely ended this kid during pregame warmups.
6. Grizzlies mascot
This might be NSFW?
7. Luke Walton
What a week for Walton, beating the Warriors and having some fun in practice. Check out this solid defense on Tarik Black, and the drawn charge on Thomas Robinson.
His team is also now saying “I love basketball!” when they break huddles because of him, and World Peace actually said it after a free throw attempt. Credit where credit is due.
The Lakers say “I love basketball” when they break huddles, says Russell. Embracing the message from Walton to enjoy this “job.“— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) November 5, 2016
8. Giannis Antetokounmpo
He wanted to celebrate fellow countryman Georgios Papagiannis's first NBA basket soooo badly. But then he remembered he was playing against him.
9. Jared Sullinger
Big week for Jared, getting followed by Norm. Also, check out the moves … in the walking boot!
10. Zaza Pachulia
Think he knew who Zaza was?