Get Ready to Learn Chinese Buddy meme.

Get Ready to Learn Chinese, Buddy

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Updated May 09, 2024 at 04:16PM EDT by Philipp.

Added Feb 28, 2023 at 09:41AM EST by Philipp.

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About

Get Ready to Learn Chinese, Buddy is a fake Bleacher Report infographic of the NBA commissioner Adam Silver captioned with a fake quote of him saying, "Get ready to learn Chinese buddy" to the NBA player Kyrie Irving soon after his antisemitic controversy. First posted in November 2022, the meme format gained virality online as a joke threat to sports players who have been performing poorly or failed in other ways. The macro implies that due to their performance, a player doesn't belong in a top-tier competition and should instead be playing in a lower-tier league, such as China's CBA. Many of the memes also referenced the Chinese team the Shanghai Sharks, imagined to be the prime landing spot for such players.

Origin

On November 8th, 2022, following Kyrie Irving's antisemitic controversy, the Twitter[1] account @realnbaquotz posted a fake quote falsely attributed to the NBA commissioner Adam Silver, tweeting an image of him, captioned, "Get ready to learn Chinese buddy" (image and tweet shown below, left and right). The tweet gained over 170 retweets and 2,000 likes in four months.


206 200 hap gener ipon sanoneD DegeneraVey A6*6* B-R STRAIG M GET READY TO LEARN CHINESE BUDDY. ADAM SILVER TO KYRIE IRVING RnQ Real NBA Quotez @realnbaquotxz Adam Silver and Kyrie Irving met Tuesday morning and words were thrown, Silver reportedly said this to Kyrie B-R CATE GET READY TO LEARN CHINESE BUDDY. ADAM SILVER TO KYRIE IRVING 5:17 PM Nov 8, 2022

Spread

Starting in November 2022, the macro saw spread as a reaction image on Twitter, with users replying with it to news of basketball players and players in other sports performing poorly. For example, on November 8th, 2022, the Twitter[2] account @c--ksources used the image to reply to a tweet sharing that season's performance of basketball player Ben Simmons, writing, "The Nets to Ben Simmons." The tweet gained over 30 retweets and 1,400 likes in four months (shown below, left). On December 21st, the basketball news account @LakeShowYo captioned the macro, "Kendrick Nunn," following a poor performance by the player. The tweet[3] (shown below, right) gained over 840 retweets and 11,200 likes in two months.


C--- Sources @cocksources Replying to @LegionHoops The Nets to Ben Simmons 200 FL 7:20 PM - Nov 8, 2022 B-R GET READY TO LEARN CHINESE BUDDY. ADAM SILVER TO KYRIE IRVING : LakeShowYo @LakeShowYo Kendrick Nunn 2200 B-R 10:52 PM. Dec 21, 2022 759K Views STRENG Co GET READY TO LEARN CHINESE BUDDY. :

The image maintained its popularity in early 2023, spreading to TikTok, Instagram and Facebook in the following months.

Shanghai Sharks

The Shanghai Sharks are a professional Chinese basketball team in the CBA that became known in memes on NBA Twitter when NBA players who were bad or played poorly in a specific game were imagined to be drafted and scouted by the Sharks, as in, they were going to be out of the league and dropped by their team. The memes mostly centered on two players. The first was Ben Simmons in 2021 and then, more notably, Memphis Grizzlies player Dillon Brooks in 2023 after the Grizzlies were eliminated by the L.A. Lakers in the 2023 NBA playoffs.


NBA NBA Memes MEMES @NBAMemes Dillon Brooks thinking about his future 1:03 AM • Apr 29, 2023 · 93.2K Views ● 7 PG Rakute 12.0 PTS GORDAMER SG JORDAN POOLE 6 dial 9.1 PTS P 4.4 REBS 1.1 ASTS 3.0 ASTS 33.8% FG 40.5% 2PT 34.7% FG 25.7% 3PT 20.5% 3PT 76.7% FT 75.0% FT 22.9 MINS 26.1 MINS SF 10.5 PTS 3.0 REBS 1.8 ASTS 31.2% FG 40.0% 2PT 23.8% 3PT 71.4% FT 27.8 MINS DILLON BROOKS PF Webull 5.0 PTS 4.3 REBS 3.5 ASTS 24.1% FG 42.9% 2PT 18.2% 3PT 29.5 MINS ROYCE O'NEALE C 18.2 PTS 10.2 REBS 2.0 ASTS 3.6 TOVS 4.2 PFS KEVIN HUERTER SHANGHAI SHARKS' NEW STARTING FIVE (PLAYERS WHO UNDER-PERFORMED IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE 2023 PLAYOFFS) @NBAWORLDWIDECOVERAGE 45.7% FG 25.0% 3PT 75.0% FT 36.0 MINS KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS

Various Examples


Adam Silver to the ref who didn't call the foul by Jayson Tatum on LeBron James: B-R ROVE LL GET READY TO LEARN CHINESE BUDDY. Mike McCarthy to Brett Maher * B-R LEAD GET READY TO LEARN CHINESE BUDDY. ADAM SILVER TO KYRIE IRVING Brett Maher... ALL SPORTS CULTURE B-R STRENG 0 22 GET READY TO LEARN CHINESE BUDDY. ADAM SILVER TO KYRIE IRVING
A Finny's FAMOUS SEAFOOD Jimmy's Famous Seafood @JimmysSeafood Derek Carr 200 3 C GET READY TO LEARN CHINESE BUDDY. 28 B-R HIM206 11:09 PM Dec 24, 2022 11.7K Views : Anfield Edition @Anfield Edition. Feb 4 Fabinho doesn't make the bench : 1 59 ❤ 1,587 94 Timpe @timpezki Replying to @Anfield Edition Klopp to Fabinho 200 ₁189.7K 9:23 AM Feb 4, 2023 3,958 Views ↑ B-R WIG GET READY TO LEARN CHINESE BUDDY. : Le5-6 @deepyy_ . Feb 9 Shams charania studying astrology for kay Adams while Woj beating his head in O 40 t 1,512 Colin Schrader @smackncappn 17.9K Replying to @deepyy_ and @BallsackSports Shams after this deadline 2:06 PM - Feb 9, 2023 - 27.5K Views ₁912.6K ↑ B-R WIMWIS GET READY TO LEARN CHINESE BUDDY. ADAM SILVER TO KYRIE IRVING

Search Interest

External References

[1] Twitter – @realnbaquotxz

[2] Twitter – @c--ksources

[3] Twitter – @LakeShowYo

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SaturnSL1
SaturnSL1

Well here is some Chinese to start with

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And we have a Sing a long to help our learning

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