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⛹️ Basketball Player emoji

or Person with Ball emoji [ bas-kit-bawl pley-er ih-moh-jee ]

What does ⛹️ Basketball Player emoji mean?

The Basketball Player emoji ⛹️ depicts a person dribbling a basketball. It is commonly used to represent basketball, basketball players, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women's National Basketball Association, and the yearly NCAA March Madness tournament. The emoji is also often used more generally to refer to sports and exercise. The Basketball Player emoji ⛹️ is often used alongside the Basketball emoji 🏀. It shares many uses with the Man Basketball Player emoji ⛹️‍♂️ and the Woman Basketball Player emoji.

If basketball amps you up, then March Madness must whip up a frenzy. Why do we refer to this NCAA men's basketball tournament as "March Madness"?

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Related words

⛹️‍♀️ Woman Basketball Player emoji, ⛹️‍♂️ Man Basketball Player emoji, 🏀 Basketball emoji, ball is life, March Madness

Where does ⛹️ Basketball Player emoji come from?

The Basketball Player emoji ⛹️, which is called Person with Ball by the Unicode Consortium, was approved under Unicode 5.2 in 2009. On most major platforms, the emoji depicts a human being dribbling a basketball towards the left. On most platforms, the person is wearing a tank top and shorts of different colors depending on the platform. The Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft versions of the emoji have the person wearing a headband. The Twitter and Microsoft versions depict a faceless person. The Microsoft, WhatsApp, and Facebook versions of the emoji are identical to the Man Basketball Player emoji ⛹️‍♂️. Unlike other major platforms, the Microsoft version of the emoji depicts a person facing the viewer while holding a basketball against their left side. The emoji can be customized with various skin tones.

Unsurprisingly, the Basketball Player emoji ⛹️ is often used to refer to basketball or basketball players. It is used to refer to both men’s and women’s basketball. It sees increased use during the NBA and WNBA seasons, as well as in March during the duration of the March Madness collegiate basketball tournament.

Typically, emoji users tend to choose either the Woman Basketball Player emoji ⛹️‍♀️ or Man Basketball Player emoji ⛹️‍♂️ instead of the Basketball Player emoji ⛹️ when referring to themselves or a specific basketball league or player. However, all three of these emoji overlap heavily in usage and may be used together.

Examples of ⛹️ Basketball Player emoji

The #NBAPlayoffs are the March Madness we missed out on ⛹️🏀
@pjo828, August 17, 2020
Lebron was on fire 🔥 in the second quarter and them dunks ⛹️#NBAAllStar
@Itss_Jackk1, February 19, 2017

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Who uses ⛹️ Basketball Player emoji?

As you might expect, the Basketball Player emoji ⛹️ is used to refer to basketball or basketball players.

It is also used more generally to refer to sports or exercise. 🏀

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