The NBA Finals started last night with Game One going to the Miami Heat, who seem to be playing the role of villain for the 2011 NBA Playoffs. The Heat's opponents, the Dallas Mavericks, are led by perhaps one of the best scorers in the NBA not named Michael Jordan or Wilt Chamberlain in Dirk Nowitzki, who has had a masterful playoff run thus far, and has been receiving a great deal of fan love for his play.
However, as is the case since social media and the sports world has become one, combined with the fickle, immediate nature of fans nowadays, Nowitzki has become the butt of a Twitter-based joke.
A quick glance at the current Twitter trends and you'll notice "Dirk NoRingski," a blast that makes fun of the fact Nowitzki hasn't won an NBA Championship. Furthermore, it's pretty clear that many of those who watched last night's game believe the series is over and the Heat will the new kings of the NBA. While that may or may not come to pass, there are still at least three more games to be played before Nowitzki earns such a designation, one that brought defenders as well as joke-makers to the party:
i feel bad for Dirk,everyone's making fun of him with this NoRingski thing
dirk noringski tore a tendon in his finger lastnight. It was already over now u Heat Haters got an excuse to y Miami beat Dallas lol
Dirk NoRingski is out-trending Kid Cudi & Blake Lively, but has his hands full with Kazaam. #SentencesNoOneEverWrites
Dirk NoRingski? Really? Last time I checked @KingJames didn't have a ring either...At least Dirk stayed loyal to the team that drafted him
If you really think Dirk NoRingski is going to lead anyone to a NBA championship YOU STUPID! Larry Bird retired years ago.
Perhaps the most accurate tweet of the bunch:
If you go check out the trending topic of Dirk NoRingski, 90% of it is people complaining about it, you're feeding the beast people
So? What happens if Miami loses Game Two? Will there be a Twitter trend of the hashtag "#LeChoke" or "Dwyane Weak?" We'll have to find out after Thursday's game, but considering the nature of Twitter, it'll probably happen.