The recently concluded NBA Awards ceremony didn't fail to amuse, despite the rather predictable lineup of recipients. And because everyone has a different Most Valuable Player (*coughs* LeBron James *coughs*) and Coach of the Year (ehem, Brad Stevens) in mind, social media was filled with congratulatory messages and violent reactions.
Whenever a major event involves prominent figures and Inside the NBA crew, it's bound to be a treasure trove for memes. From loud suits to a basketball legend actually flipping the bird on live TV, this year's show had one too many priceless bits.
Rookie Dap Up
Ben Simmons finally silenced the talk on the real Rookie of the Year, not without recognizing his top rival Donovan Mitchell.
The Most Improved Player award was celebrated by Victor Oladipo the way only he can...by hitting those high notes!
Rudy In Pink
DPOY Rudy Gobert, who is among the league's most intimidating players, showed everyone what real men wear.
Amid the Coach of the Year outrage, Dwane Casey was gracious enough to acknowledge the team that just fired him.
And the award for the most random moment goes to Joel Embiid being revealed as the cover athlete of NBA Live 19.
Only Dikembe Mutombo, who was the recipient of the Sager Strong Award, had a better ensemble than Gobert.
James Harden's overdue trophy legitimizes his greatness and adds speculation to one of the biggest NBA "what ifs."
Bill Russell = GOAT
Mutombo's "Finger Wag" has nothing on the 11-time champion giving Charles Barkley the finger. Never change, Russ.