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.
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 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.
Kendrick Perkins has gained some national attention recently thanks to his strong words about LeBron James’ twitter reaction to Blake Griffin’s play-of-the-year dunk on Perkins, and his feelings towards “elite” NBA players on twitter in general. Perkins deletehavd his twitter shortly before he made his statements, and recently there have been some insinuations that Perkins deleted his twitter because of Griffin’s earth-shattering throwdown.
Today, Daily Thunder’s Royce Young took to twitter to set the record straight:
Perk deleted his Twitter on Dec. 29. I talked to him about it on Dec. 30 and he explained why: http://www.dailythunder.com/2011/12/oklahoma-city-throttles-phoenix-107-97/
Griffin’s dunk on Perkins, and James’ tweet, both happened on January 30th, so it looks like Perkins’ deletion of his twitter wasn’t a reaction to anything Griffin did or James tweeted. From the Daily Thunder article linked in Mr. Young’s tweet, here’s Perkins’ explanation of why he deleted his twitter:
I talked to [Perkins] about his Twitter and he said he deleted it because there was just too much negativity. He also said he didn’t think he could keep his mouth shut. “I don’t think Sam Presti liked me on there too much,” he said. “I’m serious.”
Kendrick Perkins didn’t like LeBron James tweeting about how Blake Griffin dunked all over Perk. Not in the least. Perkins said that you don’t see Kobe Bryant tweeting, or Jordan, or guys that play the game “for the right reasons” who want to win not get hung up on one play.
In response, our man Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel asked LeBron if he’s sorry about the tweet.
“For me, social media and Twitter is all about connecting with your fans,” James said. “From day one, that’s why I got to Twitter, to connect to my fans. I would never apologize for anything like that when I’m connecting with my fans…
“I can see why he may have felt embarrassed,” he said. “I don’t think I was the only one that reacted to that unbelievable play by Blake, and that’s what it was all about, me acknowledging how great of a play it was. If Kendrick Perkins had dunked on somebody else on the other end, I would have done the same thing.
“I’m an easy target, let’s leave it at that.”
LeBron is right about this — a whole lot of NBA players were tweeting about the dunk. It blew up twitter and went viral almost instantly, before the game was over. If Perkins is going to be mad at guys for tweeting about that dunk, it’s going to be a long list.
But LeBron doesn’t touch the larger issue — that the tweet was about LeBron co-opting a big moment to make it about himself. That his use of twitter is about his need for attention. That LeBron cares about himself first and winning second. Those are the big knocks, the big issues LeBron did not try to refute. He probably doesn’t even see it that way, but a lot of others do.