As NBA fans are reeling with excitement amid the repeat championship finals matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, Jimmy Kimmel picked the perfect time to debut a new edition of his “Mean Tweets” series featuring some of the biggest names in the game.
The segment aired Thursday night during “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and included stars of the present — Blake Griffin, Andre Igoudala, Klay Thompson, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, and DeAndre Jordan — along with heroes from the past such as Jalen Rose, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, Dikembe Mutombo, Doc Rivers, and Reggie Miller.
Curry, Griffin, Johnson, Jordan, and Miller have all been a part of the segment before, so they knew what they were getting themselves into.
All of the men; however, were great sports about the harsh things they read about themselves. As professional athletes, heckling and verbal attacks tend to come with the territory.
Several of the tweets insulted players’ appearances as opposed to their talent, but one jab directed at Johnson’s looks wasn’t as cruel as the others.
Someone said he looked like John Travolta’s bald, black doppelganger.
Since Travolta has been known as a heartthrob throughout his career, that comparison isn’t so “mean” after all. Besides, there is some undeniable resemblance.
Check out the video below to watch all the aforementioned basketball stars read and react to what the Twitter trolls had to say.
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