Tag: Twitter

U.S. Olympic basketball player Harden watches during a training session ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester

NBA players react on twitter to James Harden trade


When James Harden was traded to the Houston Rockets Saturday night, just like you NBA players had their reactions. Just like you they took to twitter.

Here are some of their reactions, starting with Kevin Durant. Who is a company man and isn’t going to go and rip management, but didn’t really praise the move. Read into it what you want.



Sixers CEO uses Twitter to ask fans who team should keep


The 76ers have some tough offseason decisions to make – do you re-sign Spencer Hawes? Do you see what the market will offer for Andre Iguodala (again)? Elton Brand is entering the last year of his deal, can you move him?

Every day, Sixers fans are playing GM on Twitter anyway, so Sixers CEO Adam Aron decided to make it a little more formal. He wants to know what you think and tweeted this Tuesday morning.

YOUR OUR TWITTER GM: Name 1 or more current Sixers you believe MUST be on roster next year, 1 or 2 you’d trade and why… “KEEP: TRADE:”

It’s a nice marketing move. There is no chance that the Sixers are seriously considering your eight-team trade that nets the 76ers Kevin Durant and Kevin Love for Jodie Meeks, but the fact they are asking comes off well.

In an interactive, social media world why not reach out to the fans and get their thoughts? You know they want to get rid of Iggy anyway, why not confirm it.

Twitter’s iconic bird logo is named “Larry” after you know who


Twitter has become a big part of the NBA culture — in the macro scale it allows players to communicate directly with fans and break down barriers, it allows them to shape their brand in a new way.

On a micro level, it allows them to tweet some incredibly stupid things. And pictures we didn’t need to see.

When you think of twitter you think of that iconic blue bird.

A bird named Larry. Larry the Bird. Named after… well, you guessed it. From an MSNBC story.

Larry the Bird is named after former NBA basketball player Larry Bird of Boston Celtics fame.

This detail was confirmed when Peter Stringer — the Boston Celtic’s director of interactive media — asked Twitter co-founder Biz Stone about it in Aug. 2011.

I enjoy the irony of the very private Larry Bird having an indirect tie to a social media tool designed in part to break down that privacy.