Jimmy Kimmel revealed the latest edition of Mean Tweets and NBA fans did not hold back.
There is no denying that NBA fans are passionate and dedicated to the game. This has helped the league become an international success and elevated the status of some of the most popular players. But as Jimmy Kimmel proved with another “Mean Tweets” that passion can also have a nasty side.
“Mean Tweets” has become a signature bit for Jimmy Kimmel Live!. It has been copied by countless other organizations and productions but nothing beats the original. Special editions have featured musicians, Avengers, and even former President Barack Obama.
Last night kicked off the 2019 NBA Finals between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors. To help start the night, Jimmy Kimmel hosted another one of his primetime specials. He brought back “NBA Mean Tweets,” proving that it is by far the meanest edition of the bit.
Right off the bat we get the Warriors’ Kevin Durant reading what may have been the longest mean tweet. It is a little bit surprising that Durant would agree to do “Mean Tweets.” The superstar has had a little bit of trouble on social media in the past, including the discovery that he uses burner accounts on Twitter to defend himself.
Almost none of these tweets have anything to do with what the players do on the court. Instead the insults focus on looks, weight, voice, and just about everything else you could think of other than playing basketball.
Kimmel did manage to get some pretty big names from the NBA to do this edition of “Mean Tweets.” We saw notorious trash talkers like Charles Barkley and Joel Embiid, surefire hall of famer Dirk Nowitzki, and 76ers guard Ben Simmons, who is no stranger to getting online hate.
Which mean tweet was your favorite? Did any of them go too far? Let us know what you think in the comment section. Jimmy Kimmel Live! will continue to run game day specials in primetime ahead of each NBA Finals game so we’re sure to get more great highlights like “Mean Tweets.” Stay tuned!