C.J. McCollum

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C.J.’s Trying, Jennifer

Twitter gold. Love. It. I could not love that response more. It landed just perfectly.

August 16, 2018 - 10:00 am

I’ll admit it: this is a huge C.J. McCollum House. It’s been a C.J. McCollum house ever since we spoke for the first time when he was coming out of Lehigh. Not just because he’s a great player who’s grinding, looking to improve, going from averaging just over 5 points per game to 20+ each of the last three seasons. But because he’s got a great swag… and attitude. And he has takes. Lots of takes. And he’s not afraid to go with them. Not afraid to roast fools. 

Like his thoughts on guys teaming up to win rings. He’s never been afraid to share his thoughts on that and the fact that he wouldn’t do it. For some reason, people keep asking him about it and he keeps giving the same answer, it’s not his deal. It’s not something he would do. 

It’s a fair comment, but for some reason, people want to keep coming back to it. They really want to ask him about it, even though they already know his take. And even thought, it’s not some crazy HOT TAKE. 

And I’ll be honest, when I saw that someone had asked him about it YET again, I wasn’t that impressed. I figured there was nothing more for him to say on the matter. That it would be the usual thing of him praising the players on the Warriors and saying how good they were, but also saying that he wouldn’t do something like that. 

Anyway, The Score twitter account worked up a graphic with a quote from CJ that read: “I would never do anything of that nature. I think it’s disgusting. I’m not built like those guys. I was raised differently.”

C.J. quote-tweeted it and added: y’all stay bringing up old stuff. Y’all got me out here looking like a bitter ex.1 of the best teams ever assembled W/ 2 players you could argue are top 15 greatest to lace them up. 4 hall of famers w/ another one on the way. I’m happy stop making me look like a scorn man sheesh

A fair response from C.J. But you know how Twitter works, people are going to come for you. And someone with the handle “Choc Delight 1980” who also goes by the name Jennifer Williams, fired back at CJ: Win a playoff game then talk

Damn! Normally, this is where the celeb would retreat to his medicine cabinet to get some ointment for that burn, but not C.J. And this is why C.J. is the best.

Because he responded with three words that went viral instantly: “I’m trying Jennifer.”

Twitter gold. Love. It. I could not love that response more. It landed just perfectly. He didn’t insult her. He didn’t talk down to her. He just said the truth: “I’m trying Jennifer.”

And the internet went crazy. “I’m trying Jennifer” was everywhere? T-shirts. Images of Brad Pitt chasing after Jennifer Anniston and Bradley Cooper following Jennifer Lawrence. Photoshops of banners in the Moda Center that read “I tried Jennifer”

I’m trying Jennifer became the new Karen meme. And I get it. “I’m trying Jennifer” is the perfect universal response for anything that didn’t quite work out the way you would’ve liked. I’m doing the best I can, but it hasn’t happened yet. 

Didn’t get that report done on time? I’m trying, Jennifer.

Forgot to pick the kids up from the first day of school? I’m trying, Jennifer.

Didn’t win an NBA title last year? I’m trying, Jennifer. 

And C.J. even picked up on it and tweeted: Somebody send me a “ I’m trying Jennifer” t-shirt”

My man, you’re about to get a closet full of I’m trying Jennifer t-shirts. 

You want to know why C.J. is cool? Because he may have just dropped the greatest tweet of the NBA offseason and he tossed it off like a casual no-look in a pickup game.