NBA Social Recap, Playoffs Week 4: Second Sports, Second Chances, Second Lives
The NBA may be dominating the sports landscape in America, with the conference finals right around the corner, but that hasn’t stopped other games from seeping into the basketball world’s collective consciousness. From baseball season continuing its full swing to European soccer nearing the naming of its champion, hoopers were more than aware of the wider sports landscape across social media this past week. Here’s a look at the Association’s top five posts on Twitter and Instagram from Week 4 of the playoffs (starting with No. 5), including nods to fashion, business and humanitarianism.
5) Pat Connaughton Goes Out to the Ball Game
Pat Connaughton has found his groove on the court, as an integral member of the Milwaukee Bucks’ rotation this season. But the 26-year-old Notre Dame product might’ve just as soon have been a baseball star, thanks to his wicked fastball. From his success with the Bucks, who will be playing in their first Eastern Conference finals since 2001, Pat got to show off his arm a bit while throwing out the first pitch before a Milwaukee Brewers game at Miller Park.
4) Dwyane Wade Dresses Up for the Met Gala
Dwyane Wade is no newcomer to fashion. As one of the original instigators of the NBA Runway, the future Hall of Famer helped to lead his peers’ ever-expanding exploration of walk-in style. Now that he’s retired from the league, D-Wade has ample time on his hands to take his ‘fits to the next level—as he and his wife, Gabrielle Union, did at this year’s Met Gala in New York City. Whether Dwyane’s “Assassin’s Creed” look qualifies as a win depends on the eye of the beholder.
3) LeBron James Loses It Over Liverpool
Liverpool’s comeback from an 0-3 first-leg deficit to upend Barcelona en route to the UEFA Champions League had the sports world abuzz on Tuesday. But few were as ecstatic—at least on social media—as LeBron James, and for good reason. The Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar has had a minority ownership stake in the Reds since 2011. Don’t be surprised, then, if LeBron shows up at the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1, to ensure that his beloved football club never walks alone.
2) Andre Iguodala Celebrates Success in Business
Andre Iguodala’s impressive business portfolio shrunk in April—in a positive way for him and his partner, Rudy Cline-Thomas. The Golden State Warriors forward announced on Twitter that he and Rudy exited from three startups last month: Jumia, an e-commerce company based in Africa; Zoom, which makes collaborative video and audio conferencing software; and PagerDuty, which specializes in digital operations management. Depending on how the rest of Golden State’s contentious second-round series against the Houston Rockets turns out, Andre may have more time than usual this offseason to restock his supply of startup investments.
1) Danny Green Gives Dogs a Second Chance
Danny Green has long been one of the NBA’s biggest canine enthusiasts, thanks to his dogs Gizmo and Nuke. For National Pet Week, the Toronto Raptors' wing kicked up his support of humanity’s best friends another notch by promoting the Second Chance Dogs program on his Instagram account. With Danny’s help, Toronto Animal Services may well find homes for more furry companions in the weeks and months to come.
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.