The subtle Twitter link that ties LeBron James to the Cavs

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers players, Jay Z, and a Mexican drug cartel have a strange thing in common

Mar 2, 2020, 1:34 am*

Internet Culture

 

Ramon Ramirez

LeBron James may very well return to one particularly salty, Comic Sans-loving hometown employer, if a new Twitter trend is any indication.

Cleveland’s CBS affiliate reports Wednesday that there’s a 90 percent chance James returns—on the day that he’s slated to meet with Miami Heat team president Pat Riley in Las Vegas. ESPN NBA beat reporter Chris Broussard put his reputation on the line, casting his dice in Cleveland’s corner as well.

Cue the impatient conspiracy theorists.

Twitter thinks that James and Cleveland Cavalier young guns Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson are hiding imminent intentions in plain site. It’s surface logic, sure. Notice some familiar language strewn across their respective bios?

LeBron James:

 

Kyrie Irving:


 

Tristan Thompson:

Tristan Thompson twitter bio.jpg
 


All three feature “La Familia” on their Twitter bios. Could this be some shadow coordination among an elite group of black market hoops mercenaries? That’s highly unlikely.

According to Complex, James has used “Amongst La Familia” in his bio since 2012, while Irving and Thompson have used the language since 2012 and 2013, respectively. That said, James did recently remove his Miami Heat affiliation.

It’s probably a post-Jay Z bit of lingering slang. Jay’s massively popular 2000 clique rap LP, The Dynasty: Roc La Familia was, simply, a swag-dispensing classic. There are an immeasurable number of “La Familia” inside jokes among hip-hop fans, and it’s a term that hasn’t budged from the rap lexicon in 14 years.

Try telling that to Twitter.

Now back to the Decision: 2014. 

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*First Published: Jul 9, 2014, 3:53 pm