As bitter as we all are that it’s the Cavaliers and not the Raptors in the NBA finals right now, we’re not sure that Lowry would have been able to produce this kind of meme fodder. Sure, the guy is great, but is he wear-a- shorts-suit great? We just don’t know.
Thursday marked Game 1 of the NBA finals between LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers (you legally have to mention LeBron in the team name) and Steph Curry’s Golden State Warriors (Curry isn’t legally bound to the team name, but still relevant). Like with most professional sports, there was a lot riding on this game – fans’ hopes, management’s expectations, personal reputations. It can get intense. Thankfully, the internet exists to lighten the mood.
Twitter users are fully capable of finding things to make fun of on their own but LeBron basically handed them enough joke material to keep us all more than entertained until Game 2. It all started when he chose to channel his inner Prince George and wore dress shorts to the game. Yes, a suit with shorts. A short-suit.
— NBA (@NBA) May 31, 2018
Some people were convinced that because LeBron wore them, they were “in.” Others objected that not even King James himself can make dress shorts happen. We’re not sure if it sways the argument either way to point out that LeBron’s teammate Jordan Clarkson also wore shorts. Yes, they were wearing matching short-suits.
An opinion: Shorts are only good for working out, sleeping, or when going to the beach. Then again, I don’t want to be the one to disagree with with LeBron’s fashion choices.
— Paolo Uggetti (@PaoloUggetti) May 31, 2018
No person on the planet should wear a shorts suit…but Lebron isn't human so I'll let this one go https://t.co/9Ur8HcVPIi
— Kyle T (@kylet___) May 31, 2018
If LeBron can normalize suits with shorts for summer weddings he’s better than Jordan https://t.co/1xDXIedHoe
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) May 31, 2018
if the warriors let lebron show up wearing that and walk out with a w, they should just hand over the series. idc how good you are at basketball don't wear shorts with a suit
— jordan (@JordanZak) May 31, 2018
LeBron should have to give back one of his MVP trophies for this. pic.twitter.com/ptAMYIE0fy
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) May 31, 2018
— Real fake news (@mwlewis151) June 1, 2018
According to coach Ty Lue, the entire Cavaliers team often wears similar suits all designed by Thom Browne to playoff games as a sign of unity – like wearing uniforms on the court and off. He didn’t offer an explanation for why two of his players ended up in shorts. That’s not unity. If anything, the entire team should be in short-suits. That would definitely build team spirit.
Once LeBron was actually on the court, his day seemed to improve, until it took a nosedive in the last few seconds of the game. Despite putting up 51 points himself and playing 48 minutes total, a teammate’s crucial error in the final seconds of the fourth quarter forced overtime which resulted in a loss for the Cavs.
As the clock wound down on a tied game, Cleveland’s JR Smith got hold of the ball at the three-point line with a clear shot. Thinking his team was leading, Smith passed the ball to run down the clock instead of shooting. LeBron was not happy.
The play that decided Game 1. pic.twitter.com/e1UeOv57Rn
— ESPN (@espn) June 1, 2018
That mistake lead directly to the overtime during which the Warriors got ahead to take Game 1. It’s unfortunate for the Cavs and their fans, but the face made by LeBron in those final moments will go down in NBA, world and meme history forever.
this moment is going down in nba history pic.twitter.com/0BoTKFzXU0
— Whitney Medworth (@its_whitney) June 1, 2018
That face is just too priceless. Please enjoy this selection of ways it can be used:
— Nat (@natt0) June 1, 2018
lebron james to jr smith 😂🤦🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/usHFruvgkm
— ishi (@knzsnchz) June 1, 2018
— Jordan Lange (@jordanlange25) June 1, 2018
WHY DO YOU KEEP INSISTING "FROZEN" IS BETTER THAN "TANGLED"? pic.twitter.com/gCvGiG3fZN
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 1, 2018
— neontaster (@neontaster) June 1, 2018
LeBron’s mood is my life’s everyday mood pic.twitter.com/I7iDhbawTb
— ☆ (@ShootingSherv) June 1, 2018
With a Game 1 this wild, we can’t even imagine what’s in store for Game 2 . . . or Game 7.