NBA Social Recap, Week 15: MLK, All-Stars and Throwbacks
Week 15 was an eventful one in the NBA. Between Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the unveiling of this year’s All-Star starters, the Association had plenty to celebrate on Twitter and Instagram. In that spirit of joy and celebration, here are the five best social media posts from around the league during the final full week of January, starting with No. 5.
5) Jared Dudley Welcomes Kawhi Leonard to San Diego
Kawhi Leonard will have to wait about five more months before he can sign with his next NBA team, wherever that may be. But the Toronto Raptors All-Star has already decided where he’ll spend his offseasons. The San Diego State product recently purchased a $13.3 million mansion in the tiny town of Rancho Santa Fe, prompting Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley, a San Diego native and Rancho resident, to congratulate his new summer neighbor on Twitter.
4) Lou Williams Throws it Back to Maya Moore
Long before he was a two-time Sixth Man of the Year, Lou Williams was a star at South Gwinnett High School in Snellville, Georgia, preparing to follow the preps to pros path to the NBA. But as Lou-Will reminded Instagram on Throwback Thursday, he might not have been the best amateur hooper in the Peach State during the 2000s. That distinction, instead, may well belong to Maya Moore, who dominated the national scene at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Georgia, en route to two NCAA championships at UConn and four WNBA titles with the Minnesota Lynx.
3) Stephen Curry Tips Off Underrated Tour in Los Angeles
Stephen Curry kept plenty busy during the Golden State Warriors’ MLK Weekend in LA. In between blowout wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers, including DeMarcus Cousins’ Dubs debut during the former, the two-time NBA MVP began his Underrated Tour, in partnership with Rakuten. Through the end of March, Steph will host basketball camps for high school hoopers rated three stars or below who have yet to sign with an NCAA program—which is to say, prospects just like the one he was coming up at Charlotte Christian back in the 2000s.
2) Grant Hill Visits LeBron James’ I PROMISE School for MLK Day
As part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks, Grant Hill had every reason to stick around for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the city where Dr. King was born, raised and lived. But before the nation celebrated MLK’s 90th birthday, Grant tripped up to Akron, Ohio, to visit LeBron James’ I PROMISE School and talk to students there about the civil rights leader’s legacy. In doing so, Grant witnessed first-hand a creation that’s as much a testament to LeBron’s push for social change as it is a manifestation of Dr. King’s dream of education and opportunity for all.
1) Kemba Walker Gets the Call to Start the All-Star Game
Kemba Walker had been an All-Star the past two seasons, but neither time had the Charlotte Hornets point guard gotten the nod to start. It was only fitting, then, that the former UConn standout was chosen as a starter—thanks to a push from his pro peers—with the mid-season exhibition taking over his NBA city next month. Fortunately for the rest of us, the Hornets had a camera handy to capture Kemba’s live reaction to his selection, which, in typical Kemba fashion, was equal parts cheerful and calm.
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.