Even one of basketball's newest darlings can't escape the wrath of NBA Twitter.
The 2022 NBA edition of Mean Tweets from popular late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live came out on Monday, with another slew of hilarious clips of the league's stars reacting to social media posts directed at them.
The latest episode mostly featured the NBA's superstar crop of the future, with the likes of Anthony Edwards, Evan Mobley and Ja Morant making appearances throughout the two-minute clip.
But the most notable inclusion for fans tuning in from Canada was Toronto Raptors forward and reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, Scottie Barnes. The 20-year-old was his usual jovial and charming self as he got his few seconds in the spotlight on the popular segment.
"Scottie Barnes looks like a big ass middle schooler who ain't hit puberty yet," the tweet read.
"I still have a baby face, bro," Barnes retorted. "I've got a cute little baby face."
They did my boy Scottie Barnes dirty. pic.twitter.com/WulUb9EQGd
— Chris Walder (@WalderSports) June 14, 2022
The Twitter user does make a good point, as Barnes is often compared to a 6-foot-9, 227-pound child with his energy and goofiness off the court. On the court though, it's all business, with the former Florida State standout jumping onto the scene as one of the NBA's most promising young stars, averaging 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 74 games and taking home league honours for top rookie in 2021-22.
The video also includes a shot at Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook and his outlandish fashion sense — a relatively tame topic considering how much scrutiny and criticism his on-court performances have come under this past year.
The episode ends with a cameo by NBA legend Gary Payton, who has been seen courtside throughout the Golden State Warriors' run to the finals, cheering on his son Gary Payton II as he seeks his first championship. The 53-year-old provides viewers with arguably the funniest bit of the video, vehemently denying a comparison between himself and a controversial rap star.
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