Celebrating baskets made is an essential part of basketball, especially if they are difficult to score. There are few better feelings than throwing a bucket over a defender on the court.
However, sometimes these celebrations end up being disrespectful to opponents. A recent video posted to House of Highlights showed a street hooper doing a disrespectful celebration after tagging a quarterback. The celebration featured the hooper hugging his opponents after scoring a 3PT played on them.
Many NBA fans reacted to the celebration, with many of them agreeing that doing so was disrespectful. Some of them suggested that Stephen Curry should start doing this celebration, obviously because Curry is a 3PT sharpshooter who can do the things done in the video, but at the NBA level.
It remains to be seen whether this celebration ends up becoming more common. He certainly attracted a lot of attention from fans on social media. However, it is clear that not all opponents have taken the hoop well doing this, and perhaps it should be avoided in certain situations.
There were equally disrespectful celebrations on the NBA stage.
Obviously, NBA players also celebrate baskets made, and there have been certain celebrations made by players that were perceived as disrespectful. Even LeBron James threw a celebration that was not appreciated by all.
During the 2021-22 season, LeBron James threw a “cojones” celebration after hitting a 3PT pitch over Myles Turner in a game against the Indiana Pacers. He was criticized for that celebration by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after the game, who berated James for doing a “child dance” and disrespecting the other team on the court.
“For me, winning is enough. Why do you need to do a stupid childish dance and disrespect the other team on the court? It makes no sense. GOATs don’t dance,” said Abdul-Jabbar.
Of course, watching the celebrations is part of the fun of being in the NBA. Sometimes they end up making others angry, but on some level, this is almost inevitable. Many celebrations will end up making someone angry, especially opposing fans.
We may end up seeing the celebration displayed by the street hooper make it to the league eventually. However, as of now, it’s just a fun highlight to watch as a basketball fan.