If you blinked, you may have missed it. But there it was. J.J. Barea was trending on Twitter late in the evening Wednesday and into Thursday morning. Since there’s no basketball right now, or for the foreseeable future, you may be wondering—perhaps even worrying—why he was trending. Don’t worry, he doesn’t have coronavirus. I’ll tell you why he’s trending.
There’s a birthday meme floating around NBA Twitter asking people to play along. Promoted by user @Mo0seSN, it reads, “Your (Birth month) has to throw an Alley Oop to your (Birth day) to win the game. Did you win?”
Your (Birth month) has to throw an Alley Oop to your (Birth day) to win the game. Did you win? pic.twitter.com/w5tmJYmEJY— ☘️MOOSE☘️ (@Mo0seSZN) March 18, 2020
If your birthday happens to be the 27th of any month, someone is throwing a lob to Barea. The parings, as you can guess, are pretty funny. Here are just a few
Magic Johnson (HELL YEAH) throwing a lob to... JJ Barea. Well, shit. https://t.co/XNLVuoimr5— Jeremy Karll (@JeremyKarll_DR) March 19, 2020
Nate Robinson to JJ Barea. If you stacked them together, I don't think they'd reach the rim. https://t.co/qJYaD2lqOo— BigEisy (@BigEisy) March 19, 2020
Yao Ming to Jj Barea... pic.twitter.com/wrMQlFjIRN— The Emperors New Groove. (@EmperorMclovin) March 19, 2020
And finally, a voice of reason.
Y’all need to stop talking about JJ Barea like this— and still I rise (@itcould_besweet) March 19, 2020
The man is a saint, a gentlemen and a scholar. pic.twitter.com/BG5t002xlr
The official stance of Mavs Moneyball is that we’re with you, @itcould_besweet. Barea is a saint and slandering an NBA champion who helped change and define a Finals series is always bad business. That said, it’s OK to laugh sometimes.
Without basketball, we’ll all have to find ways to entertain ourselves in the weeks and months ahead. At least for a moment Barea can spark some joy in our lives again. Hopefully, the next time he does it will be for humanitarian reasons or for annoying the hell out of an opponent on the court.
Feel free to name your alley-oop duo in the comments.