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How Your Favorite NBA Players Celebrated The New Year

Festivities all around (on and off the court)!  

The first week of the year is almost over (time flies, right?), but some of us are still hungover from welcoming New Year’s Day—holiday parties and all. Apart from doing our own thing celebrating with our friends and family, it’s interesting to check out how today’s celebrated athletes decided to ring in the New Year.


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On the court, the Detroit Pistons capped off the year by facing off with the Spurs; the score was 93–79 in favor of the Pistons. Also facing off on New Year’s Eve were the Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets as well as Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. It was an evening of close calls for the Knicks and Jazz, winning their games against the Pelicans and Cavaliers, respectively, but only by a couple of points. The icing on top of an action-packed regular season, the Atlanta Hawks won their game against Portland with 104 points to the Trail Blazers’ 89. Lastly, the Golden State Warriors emerged victorious in their game against the Memphis Grizzlies (141-128).


Whether on the court, behind the scenes or out on holiday, see how these NBA players bid 2017 farewell and welcomed 2018 with arms wide open:


Joel Embiid

via @joelembiid on Instagram


Embiid went out with a bang on December 31st and shared this snapshot to celebrate the Philadelphia 76ers’ win against the Nuggets. With a final score of 107–102, that’s one way to start the New Year!


Isiah Thomas

via @imisiahthomas on Instagram


This NBA legend wished all his Instagram followers love and laughter as he counted down to 2018 with a bottle of bubbly. 


Caron Butler


Butler danced his way into the New Year with his daughters posting this adorable comment:  “My everything!!! Anything for my babies, even if I have to try to dance.”


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Russell Westbrook

via @russwest44 on Instagram


Rounding up his major highlights, this year’s Most Stylish Man Alive said: “2017 was full of amazing and beautiful moments, the amount of blessings I was given was unmatched. I’m looking forward to growing and continuing to keep the faith in 2018. HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🎊🎆”


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Otto Porter Jr.

via @ottodayporter22 on Instagram


Look who switched up basketball for billiards over the holidays! “Going into 2018 like!!!!” said Porter. “Corner pocket😎 #09savage😈 @jjhenry21.”


Steph Curry

via @stephencurry30 on Instagram


Curry was a giant ball of gratitude on New Year’s Day posting a collage of his favorite 2017 moments. “A lot of highs and a couple lows. Stay on the same grind and mission as the last day of #2017 but pray God opens my eyes in #2018 to how I can become a better man every single day,” he said. “Control what you can control and enjoy life man! Blessings for another great year to everyone!”


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Andre Drummond

via @andredrummondd on Instagram


Drummond was just one of the many NBA stars who took to social media to show their family members some love. He captioned his Instagram post with: “Got the world in my arms.”


Amar'e Stoudemire

via @amareisreal on Instagram


Stoudemire gang’s all here! It was all about snowboarding for the fellas and skiing for the ladies as Stoudemire wrapped up his New Year’s Day post saying: “The best way to start 2018!! Can’t wait to watch my boy @ShaunWhite [at the] @Olympics this year.”


Paul George

via @ygtrece on Instagram


Now these are two very different takes on New Year’s Day dressing: The player for the OKC Thunder opted for something laidback (yet equally flashy given that head-to-toe print) while his girlfriend Daniela Rajic went for something a little glitzier and dressier.


John Wall

via @johnwall on Instagram


John Wall of the Washington Wizards, meanwhile, dressed to the nines: bowties, chains and all.


Jimmy Butler

via @jimmybutler on Instagram


Butler bid 2017 goodbye (casually sporting holiday colors) but kept his game face on. On New Year’s Day, his team, the Timberwolves, won their game against the Pacers with a final score of 107—90.


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Lonzo Ball


Just in time for the New Year, Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball took to Instagram to announe the release of the latest #BBBEmojis. Fans can now download Big Baller Brand Emojis on iTunes for Apple and Google Play for Android users.


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Kobe Bryant


via @kobebryant on Instagram


Here, the beautiful Bryant Bunch on their winter wonderland holiday: Kobe Bryant posed with his wife Vanessa Laine and children Natalia Diamante, Gianna Maria-Onore and Bianka Bella and shared snaps of their trip on Instagram.


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Dominique Wilkins

via @dominiquewilkins21 on Instagram


On New Year’s Day, NBA lend Dominique Wilkins launched his latest stylish endeavor: an exclusive shoe line with Atlanta’s D&K Suit City.


Reggie Miller


via @reggiemillertnt on Instagram


“When your Coach @looneysonya says just do a casual ride for New Year’s Eve but also work on your technical riding, well this is what I ended up doing,” Miller said on Instagram. “Happy New Years to everyone, please be safe people. Bring on 2018!!! #RockGardenSlayer #WhatsGoesUpMustComeDown


Isaiah Thomas


via @isaiahthomas on Instagram


Thomas, meanwhile, partied with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on New Year’s Eve, captioning his photo with: “PB&J with a TALL glass of milk... Okay maybe just a juice box LOL. Bringing in the new year with my bros @kingjames @dwyanewade


Dwyane Wade


Channeling their inner boyband member, Wade said: “Bringing in the New Years with the bros!!! Name this group!!! @kingjames @isaiahthomas.”


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Kyle Kuzma

via @kuzmakyle on Instagram


“Got a degree and changed my family life forever... you really can’t tell me ish in this life!!” Kyle Kuzma said on Instagram. He was right to caption his post with #2018bestyet; there’s a lot more people can expect from this LA Lakers power forward.


Chris Paul


via @cp3 on Instagram


To celebrate both New Year’s Day and their big win against the LA Lakers, Paul shared this action shot saying, “Stepping into the new year the right way!!” The Houston Rockets won their game with a final score of 148–142.


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There’s no rest in the NBA regular season! Be in the know and download the official NBA app via Google Play for Android or the App Store for Apple users. You can also watch every available game of the 2017-2018 regular season with the NBA League Pass.

Images via @russwest44,@jimmybutler

and twitter/StephenCurry

Nicole Blanco Ramos

is a content writer at go! Magazine. Prior to working with Globe, she was the fashion and beauty associate at, where she was able to combine her love for styling, visual storytelling and writing. Today, she covers a broad range of topics for go! such as entertainment, the NBA, online gaming and tech among others.

Alex Lara

is a creative that loves to tell stories through art direction and curating images that capture, inspire and excite whoever sees them.

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