The NBA Finals wrapped up last night with an exciting Game 6 pitting the Dallas Mavericks against the much-ballyhooed Miami Heat, featuring the “Big 3” combination of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Of course, the Mavericks handily took the game 105-95, beating out the Heat 4-2 and taking the championship. (The Mavs Dirk Nowitzki was shortly thereafter named the NBA Finals MVP.)
Of course, the game was all the talk of the social media world, with Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr, Digg and more overwhelmed with discussion and debate about the Finals. Of particular interest? Small forward LeBron James, who had controversially moved from his hometown of Cleveland to Miami at the start of the season to join forces with Bosh and Wade. (Had James promised in a pre-season press conference to bring home the first of 8 or more championships? Yes, yes he had.)
Man, I bet LeBron is glad he passed on wearing that fighter pilot outfit to this rally in retrospect…
So today’s featured list rounds up some of our favorite online quips, comments, images, memes, jokes and other <a href=”http://www.ranker.com/list/the-20-funniest-internet-reactions-to-the-nba-finals/randolph”>funny NBA Finals reactions</a> from last night and today – most of them at LeBron James’ expense – for your reading pleasure. Enjoy, Cleveland! You guys have earned this…
Yesterday, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal announced using Twitter and a relatively new video sharing service called Tout that he was retiring from professional basketball. Of course, like all other fans of surreal post-game interviews, the team at Ranker was saddened by this news. But we were also delighted to scour the Internet for some of the highlights of Shaq’s long and storied NBA career. The result was this list of Shaq’s Career Highlight Videos and Greatest Moments.
Yes, “Shaq Fu” made the list. Weren’t you paying attention when I just described what it was about?
Compiling one list of 20 items to sum up Shaq’s massive influence on not just sports but pop culture was a challenge. Where to focus first? His bevy of creative nicknames? (Did anyone ever actually call him “Dr. Shaq,” we wonder?) His brief but memorable success as a hip-hop artist? That movie he made with the kid and the magic jukebox?
That’s where you come in. Check out the “Shaq’s Greatest Moments” list, and vote for your favorite videos. We’ll reorder the list based on the Ranker community’s tastes. Because we know you got skillz.