4. Vernon Maxwell’s “Utah Shooting Clinic”
Anyone that follows Vernon Maxwell on Twitter knows he’s just as much of a Houston treasure on social media as he was as a member of the Houston Rockets. The two-time NBA champion has never been shy to let his personality and sense of humor show since joining Twitter in 2015, and the world benefits every day from it.
Mad Max always has plenty to say regarding just about any topic, but his longstanding roasting of the Utah Jazz is pure gold every time. The Rockets and Jazz have had several contentious games and playoff series throughout the years, including consecutive years in the 1994 and 1995 playoffs that saw Maxwell’s Rockets come out on top both times.
Overall, the Utah Jazz lead 5-4 when it comes to playoff series victories, however, the Rockets have knocked them out of the playoffs in each of the past two seasons and have two rings to flaunt over Utah’s zero.
While the Rockets have a far more impressive resumé as an organization, Vernon still can’t help but poke fun at the Jazz whenever he has an opportunity. Even now, his pinned tweet from March 2017 says this:
I'd like 2 apologize Jazz fans that were offended by my tweets. If I knew u guys had internet in Utah I would've never made those tweets.
— Vernon Maxwell (@VernonMaxwell11) March 9, 2017
As relentless as he was on the court, he’s been that way toward the Jazz over the years, which has been hilarious every time. His latest jab, which came in late January, was the best one of all, as he took to Twitter to let his followers know “why he was in Utah.”
So here is the reason I’m in Utah. I decided to offer a free clinic to the best young shooters in the state as a truce to try and mend my relationship with Utah fans. Here are the best shooters the state had to offer…. pic.twitter.com/ziJgaFP8En
— Vernon Maxwell (@VernonMaxwell11) January 28, 2020
The tweet, understandably, went viral right away and has now tallied over 76,000 likes and 12,000 retweets since it was first sent out. Obviously, Vernon was joking and not using actual footage of a clinic he was holding in Utah.
But perhaps funniest of all, supposedly current Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell took exception to the tweet and scolded Maxwell for his insensitive tweet but promptly deleted it. If true, I’m sure he realized Maxwell was just messing around and not actually being mean-spirited.
If you’re a fan of the Houston Rockets, or even if you aren’t, you’d be wise to follow Vernon Maxwell on Twitter as soon as possible. You’ll thank me later.
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