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Larry Nance Jr's history as Patrick from SpongeBob explored after hilarious meme re-emerges

Joshua Rogers November 17, 2021
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After the Portland Trail Blazers tweeted out the hilarious meme, Larry Nance Jr changed his Twitter picture to Patrick Star from SpongeBob SquarePants. Here’s why this is even a thing.

On Wednesday 16 November, the Portland Trail Blazers took on the Toronto Raptors.

Portland has had an up and down start to the new NBA season, but overcame the Raptors 118-113. CJ McCollum led the scoring with 29 points, while Damian Lillard added 24 points.

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Trail Blazers tweet out bizarre Patrick Star meme

Larry Nance Jr added 15 points with five rebounds and two assists, but it was a certain dunk that spawned some A-grade Twitter banter.

With just under eight minutes left in the third quarter, Nance Jr caught a pass from a pick and roll and stuffed an open dunk.

Afterwards, the Portland Trail Blazers shared footage of the dunk with Larry Nance Jr turning into Patrick Star from SpongeBob SquarePants. They captioned the post ‘@Larrydn22 went full savage last night’.

Where does Larry Nance Jr as Patrick from SpongeBob come from?

After tweeting the somewhat bizarre footage out, Larry Nance Jr replied saying, ‘Not again… I’m still scarred from the last time’, followed by a series of crying emojis.

People naturally wondered where on earth this came from.

Well, in 2018, when Larry was with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he pulled off a posterising dunk on Mason Plumlee from the Denver Nuggets.

Afterwards, Bleacher Report tweeted a video of Larry Nance Jr transforming into Patrick from SpongeBob. The meme showed Larry/Patrick mean-mugging before taking off down the court.

At the time that Patrick meme was pretty much everywhere, hence BR trying to take advantage of it. Naturally, it became a fan favorite meme.

People hadn’t seen the Larry Nance Jr/Patrick Star meme in a few years, so it was pretty hilarious to see the Trail Blazers recreate it once again.

NBA Twitter was loving it.

Nance changes his Twitter profile picture to Patrick

Larry Nance Jr was clearly loving the reemergence of the Patrick Star meme. After it took off again last night, he changed his Twitter profile picture to Patrick with the hashtag ‘#NewProfilePic’.

Even the parody account for SpongeBob character Larry the Lobster got involved.

We’re pretty sure this is exactly what Twitter was made for.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.