The Los Angeles Lakers’ fan base has officially reached the point in the summer where there isn’t a whole lot of substance to talk about.
There are rumors about who the team might draft (some from better sources than others, in the case of Lonzo Ball especially), who the Lakers may or may not bring in for a workout, when those workouts will take place, trade speculation and more. It’s left the most dedicated members of the fan base sitting on Twitter refreshing for updates and over-analyzing every possible tweet.
This reality is why I knew when Larry Nance, Jr. and Ivica Zubac decided to fire off back-to-back tweets with simply the “eyeballs emoji” in them late Saturday night that people would freak out. These small tweets might have slipped by at peak Twitter usage hours, but not at 8:25 p.m. on the West coast on a non-NBA night when timelines slow to a crawl.
First, Nance sent this:
— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) June 4, 2017
Less than a minute later, Zubac tried to be just like his dad:
— Ivica Zubac (@ivicazubac) June 4, 2017
BUT WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN??? Lakers fans had some ideas:
Zubac triggered Lakers twitter pic.twitter.com/aa2B4uxPNc— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) June 4, 2017
Larry's replies were a bit less exciting pic.twitter.com/dTpNMuvPD2— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) June 4, 2017
Not to toot my own horn, but as I predicted, the real reason for the tweets was slightly less dramatic:
New season of House of Cards is crazyyy https://t.co/cn8n6zM3Ix— Ivica Zubac (@ivicazubac) June 4, 2017
I’m 1.5 episodes in, and I can confirm the new season of House of Cards is “crazyyy,” although not quite as crazy as this off-season is driving Lakers Twitter.
Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.