80s & 90s NBA Memes

Looking for a funny 80's or 90's NBA meme? We have the BEST of the NBA's golden years. Funny culture, uncomfortable uniforms, & the random oddities. Browse, laugh, share!

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Intro to 80’s & 90’s NBA Memes

Step back in time to the golden era of NBA basketball with our 80s and 90s NBA memes. The games were fierce, the fashion was bold, and the memes are still making us laugh today.

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About the NBA in the 80s & 90s

The 90s NBA era was marked by fierce rivalries and iconic players like:

The two decades also generated multiple dynasties such as the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, and Chicago Bulls. It was a time of intense competition and cultural impact, shaping the league into what it is today.

Here’s a little taste of what the NBA offered in the 1980s.

And another taste of the 1990s with the NBA’s greatest plays from that decade!

Why the NBA in the 80s & 90s makes for funny memes

The NBA in the 80s and 90s was packed with memorable moments and unique personalities, making it ripe for funny memes that capture the era’s iconic hairstyles, short shorts, celebrations, and larger-than-life players in all their glory.

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Here are the best of the best NBA memes of the 80s and 90s. Browse, laugh, and share quickly using the share button on each meme!

Utah Jazz in the 90s, Karl Malone & John Stockton

Quite the duo in the 90s.

80s & 90s NBA meme Utah Jazz Stockton Malone arm handshake


I must go, my people need me

The dude being airlifted mid-game.

80s & 90s NBA meme I must go my people need me

When someone asks you how tough 80s and 90 players were, show them this photo

No neck injury stopping this guy from crossing over.

80s & 90s NBA meme how tough players were neck cast
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Why did everyone look so old in the 80s and 90s? Clyde Drexler was 27 in this photo

Someone check that guy’s birth certificate!

80s & 90s NBA meme Clyde Drexler everyone looks old
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Utah Jazz in early 90s: Eaton (7’4″), Malone (6’9″), Stockton (6’1″)

Quite the diversity in size!

80s & 90s NBA meme Utah Jazz Eaton, Stockton, Malone
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John Stockton pulled up to game 6 of NBA finals in minivan

Alright kids, off to daycare while Daddy loses to MJ tonight (see all our Michael Jordan memes).

80s & 90s NBA meme John Stockton mini van pulling up to NBA Finals

In 1980, Calvin Murphy wore a modified hockey helmet

Concussion protocol was different in the 80s, no doubt. Don’t miss all our basketball foul memes!

80s & 90s NBA meme Calvin Murphy wore modified hockey helmet


In the 80s, players like Bird & Magic, played harder to win a title than demanding a trade

Can’t argue with the facts. These fellas duked it out with their own teams for years! See all our Larry Bird memes.

80s & 90s NBA meme Bird Magic players rather win a title than switch to better team

LeBron vs the “Bad Boy” Pistons, Bill Laimbeer, is he too soft?

A match-up I’d certainly watch too! See all our LeBron James memes.

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Teams that could’ve won the Finals if Michael Jordan didn’t exist

Pacers, Jazz, Blazers, Suns — rings for all without MJ. Don’t miss all our Charles Barkley memes.

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Dee Brown was the first to dab on ’em in 1991

His no look dunk was an absolute classic.

80s & 90s NBA meme Dee Brown no look dunk Dab 1991
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