A somewhat innocuous tweet by Boris Diaw led to quite the afternoon for the San Antonio Spurs big man.
Diaw, the 6-foot-8 forward who played a crucial role in the Spurs' run to the 2014 NBA title, sent out this picture during a recent trip to Lake Austin in Texas:
First time in lake travis. Its a lot of fun!!! pic.twitter.com/MYWoDUspAr
— Boris Diaw (@theborisdiaw) June 21, 2014
According to a Reddit user named "bettercallsaul3," some women having a bachelorette party on the lake saw Diaw's tweet and thought it would be funny to yell his name. Amazingly, Diaw heard the women, and he jumped in the lake to swim over to their boat.
Via Reddit, here's the full story:
"My friend was at Lake Travis for a bachelorette party when she saw that Boris had tweeted about being on the lake for the day. She told her friends and they were joking about riding around the lake shouting "BORIS", and he actually heard them from a boat away saying his name. Boris immediately swam over to celebrate with them and asked if he could kiss the bachelorette. She also claimed that they sang "All I do is win win win no matta what."
And here's the picture to prove it:
— AP (@Ananth_Pandian) June 24, 2014
This story hasn't been verified by Diaw himself, but it's not totally out of character for the charismatic big man. Ananth Pandian of Hardwood Paroxysm notes that Diaw has jumped in lakes before, even when it meant putting his life on the line. This anecdote is from an excellent feature on Diaw in Grantland:
"Boris, what makes me laugh, is he’s not scared of anything," said T.J. Parker, Tony's brother. "He goes to Peru or Africa, goes swimming in crazy lakes, and if it looks like a crocodile is in there, I'm like, 'No way. I’m not going in there. That looks like the movie Anaconda.’ He’s not scared of those things. He’s like, ‘I don’t care,’ and he’ll just jump in. He just amazes me."
Of course, swimming in a lake full of crocodiles and swimming in a lake full of women in bikinis is a little different. But kudos to Diaw for going out of his way to cash in on his newfound celebrity. After his impressive performance in the NBA Finals -- he averaged 8.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists while defending LeBron James -- he deserves the chance to celebrate.