2. P.J. Tucker Becomes a Meme
Now in his ninth year in the NBA, P.J. Tucker has established himself as a workhorse and bulldog over his career. His ability to hold his own defensively, even against bigger opponents, has been crucial toward the Rockets’ success.
The 34-year-old has been an iron man for Houston, playing in all 82 games in each of the last two seasons. Recently, Mr. Dependable has taken on an even bigger role with the team in more ways than one.
After a trade deadline move made by the Rockets left them without 6-foot-10 center Clint Capela, Tucker was left as the starting center for the team moving forward. Given how P.J’s 6-5 height is substantially shorter than every starting center in the league, it didn’t take long for social media to start coming up with creative ways to make sure he’d measure up.
Amused by one particular solution, Tucker shared an image someone created of him on the court wearing stilts, adding at least another five or six inches to his 6-5 height. The post instantly blew up, getting responses from the likes of Matt Barnes, Jermaine O’Neal, Kyle O’Quinn and Vince Young.
Since being shared on February 5th, the Instagram post has received over 192,000 likes, but word around the league is stilts might not actually be allowed on the court. Fortunately for the Rockets, Tucker has been holding his own against All-Star centers like Anthony Davis and Rudy Gobert so far since the trade.
As the Rockets look to roll into the playoffs with an extreme version of small ball, hopefully, the team can continue to play above their heights.
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