C.J. McCollum made Jennifer proud
He tried and succeeded, Jennifer
All things come full circle, and C.J. McCollum was hilariously reminded of that when the Portland Trail Blazers secured their first playoff victory since 2016.
Portland defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 104-99, in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Sunday. And after the game during his post-game press conference, a reported jogged McCollum’s memory:
He told Jennifer he was going to try to do this.April 14, 2019 Remember how this whole thing happened?
It was the middle of August in 2018, and McCollum had made headlines for saying he would never join the Warriors or another superteam to chase an NBA championship. His reasoning: “I’m not built like those guys. I was raised differently.”
Social media took that and ran with it, so much so that McCollum commented on Twitter. “Y’all stay bringing up old stuff,” he said. “Y'all got me out here looking like a bitter ex.”
He wrote that the Warriors were one of the best teams ever assembled — a fact — with four Hall of Fame players and another on the way (Demarcus Cousins) — another fact.
“I’m happy,” he continued. “Stop making look like a [scorned] man sheesh.”
Y’all stay bringing up old stuff. Yall got me out here looking like a bitter ex. 1 of the best teams ever assembled W/ 2 players you could argue are top 15 greatest to lace them up. 4 hall of famers w/ another one on the way. I’m happy stop making me look like a scorn man sheesh https://t.co/4xVYw5FDOv— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) August 15, 2018
The thing is, though, Portland had just gotten swept in back-to-back playoff series: first in 2016 by the Warriors (which, understandable), then embarrassingly by the New Orleans Pelicans in 2017 (which, inexplicable).
Along came Jennifer, who had seen enough of McCollum’s talk. She had a simple mandate: “Win a playoff game then talk.”
Win a playoff game then talk— Jennifer Williams (@ChocDelight1980) August 15, 2018
McCollum’s response went viral. “Im trying Jennifer.”
Im trying Jennifer— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) August 15, 2018
It instantly became the next great NBA meme. It was a t-shirt.
Plenty of folks asked and my guy @GrantGoldberg delivered!
How many of you would be interested in snagging one of these t-shirts?
"Im trying Jennifer" @CJMcCollum - we'll have one ready for you ASAP! pic.twitter.com/TNDQLkvzj3
It became artwork.
"Im trying Jennifer" - @CJMcCollum
Late to the game due to other projects, but i had a few minutes to put this together real quick just now. What a fun twitter day. #RipCity pic.twitter.com/WlSKKGB6Se
It became commentary.
I'M TRYING JENNIFER pic.twitter.com/xGbWVR2riC— Ianes Kanter (@IanKarmel) August 15, 2018
“I’m trying Jennifer” pic.twitter.com/TXBzYxzJ3U— Anthony F. Irwin (@AnthonyIrwinLA) August 15, 2018
It took over social media. That’s why McCollum got a deep, hearty laugh out of the question. Jennifer was a legend, even if it was just for a single tweet.
You’re welcome Portland https://t.co/M2Mm7PAayV— Jennifer Williams (@ChocDelight1980) April 14, 2019
I almost forgot you JENNIFER you a legend https://t.co/KnZ85zwqYG— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) April 14, 2019
C.J. tried, and he did. And now, Jennifer says she has fans from all types of NBA fanbases asking for her help. She has a new name now: the playoff whisperer.
All types of fans have @ me on twitter talking about “can you talk to the Lakers for me”
“Please have a talk with Andre Drummond”
“Talk to the Bulls”
y’all too funny
Jenni....the playoff whisperer