Jaren Jackson Jr. uses Spongebob meme to depict Orlando bubble
Memphis Grizzlies second-year big man Jaren Jackson Jr. just used a “Spongebob Squarepants” episode to tease about the upcoming NBA restart at Bikini, Bottom … err Orlando, Florida.
The 20-year-old Jackson Jr. shared a photo from the season one episode “Bubblestand,” depicting the famous Nickelodeon cartoon waving to a bubble. The Grizzlies big man tweeted the photo without a caption, referencing the upcoming “bubble” to resume the NBA season at the Walt Disney World resort.
— JJJ (@jarenjacksonjr) July 7, 2020
The Grizzlies currently possess the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoff picture, but the young team will have to face off with eight teams in eight games during the season restart before guaranteeing a postseason berth. Among those teams include the three best teams in the Eastern Conference (Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics) and another younger team scrapping for the eighth seed in the New Orleans Pelicans.
Jaren Jackson Jr. will soon join his Grizzlies teammates in Orlando, where they will stay at Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian resort. The NBA has plans to regularly test players and coaches for coronavirus in the bubble location, especially since the same pandemic was the reason for the league’s prolonged hiatus.
Jackson and the Grizzlies will play the seeding games into mid-August, after which — if they clinch onto their postseason spot — they will take on a first-round playoff matchup with likely the Los Angeles Lakers or Los Angeles Clippers.
In the meantime, JJJ, born two months after the U.S. airdate for “Bubblestand,” will get plenty of time to re-watch the classic cartoon.