The NBA subreddit, also known as r/NBA, is a place on Reddit where basketball fans discuss the prestigious league. Redditors have posted lots of interesting stuff here, from highlights and news, to analysis and theories.
As of March 19, 2023, the NBA subreddit has nearly 6.5 million members, making it the 76th most popular subreddit on the website. Interestingly, r/NBA ranks 10th in comments per day, which means it’s very active.
The subreddit recently caused controversy regarding Jaren Jackson Jr. and his home stats. The post received nearly 67,000 upvotes (likes), becoming the 13th most popular post on the subreddit.
Top 5 NBA Subreddit Moments
1) The death of Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant tragically passed away on January 26, 2020. The LA Lakers legend’s death shocked the world, including the NBA subreddit.
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Bryant’s death post is currently the most popular r/NBA post of all time. With over 107,000 upvotes, this is the only post to top 100,000 upvotes on the subreddit.
2) The NBA shutdown
NBA fans had to go through a lot in 2020. Less than two months after Kobe Bryant’s death, the league was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rudy Gobert, then playing for the Utah Jazz, tested positive for the virus, which ended up suspending the 2019-20 season for a few months.
The NBA subreddit’s post about this news has received 99,286 upvotes so far, making it the second most popular post.
3) The criticism of LeBron James
In 2019, Daryl Morey sent out a tweet supporting Hong Kong. Morey was the general manager of the Houston Rockets at the time and he received a lot of backlash for the tweet. For this reason, China has decided to remove all Rockets games from the country.
LeBron James declined to comment on the political tension between China and Hong Kong, but said Morey was unaware of the situation before sending the tweet.
These comments from James caused a lot of backlash across the league, with many fans and analysts criticizing the LA Lakers superstar. The NBA subreddit gave 94,433 upvotes to the post which included a video of Max Kellerman criticizing James.
“That’s called selling,” Kellerman said in the video. “It’s very easy to take a stand when the cost is low or zero. When there is a real price to pay, then who will stand up? Mohammad Ali did it. Not LeBron James”
LeBron James has been very candid about the issues in the United States. However, he refused to criticize China because he knew that this decision would cause him a big financial loss.
4) Analysis of James Harden’s strip club visits
James Harden loves strip clubs and the NBA subreddit is well aware of that. Because of this, a user named AngryCentrist decided to do a detailed analysis of Harden’s performance in every city in the NBA.
The Reddit user attempted to find a correlation between James’ performance and the average strip club rating in town.
Ultimately, it provided enough evidence to conclude that the star player performs worse in cities that have higher-rated strip clubs.
The NBA subreddit post received 89,128 upvotes and is arguably one of the biggest basketball takes of all time.
5) The Uvalde shooting and Steve Kerr’s comments
In May 2022, a mass shooting took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The tragedy left 22 dead and 18 injured, leaving many families heartbroken.
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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has always been outspoken about issues in the United States, including gun violence. The Reddit post of his comments regarding the Uvalde shooting received 88,922 upvotes.