Tag: Twitter


NBA takes to Twitter to… well, we’re not sure why


The NBA announced on Sunday night they would take questions from people on Twitter and David Stern and Adam Silver would answer them. What followed was a series of refutations from players and repetition of talking points they’ve been spewing for months. It was neither productive, insightful, nor revealing. It did not harness the power of social media, and only served to push the one-sided agenda they’ve been pursuant to for months.

So, no, it didn’t go great.

And that was it.
It was a noble idea. Reach the fans directly, communicate the league’s position, leverage social media. It just came across as more baseless rhetoric, more noise in a white sea of context-less nonsense. The league could have elaborated more on the specifics of the deal, shown how it isn’t as bad as the players have made it out to be. Instead they just said “No, it’s not!” and that was all.
The rhetoric continues as tomorrow’s doomsday clock ticks shorter.

Other owners pushed for big fine on Heat’s Arison

Miami Heat owner Micky Arison arrives for the NBA labor negotiations in New York

Heat owner Micky Arison is going to be writing a big check to the NBA — $500,000 to be exact. And he can thank some of his fellow NBA owners for that.

On Halloween Arison got a trick from the league when David Stern smacked him with a heavy fine for a little twitter rant on Friday. The most offensive of those tweets, from the NBA’s perspective, was when one fan asked him what it felt to be one of the greedy pigs ruining the NBA:

“Honestly u r barking at the wrong owner.”

That apparently set off other owners, according to Brian Windhorst at ESPN.

According to multiple league sources, commissioner David Stern was lobbied by some of Arison’s fellow owners to levy the stiff fine. Arison and several of his peers have been at growing odds as the lockout has deepened — a rift which spilled over into cyberspace last week.

The owners are not a unified front right now. There are some that think they’ve gotten enough and its time to get back to basketball. The players are not a unified front either, there are some who think that they make a good living even with a 50/50 BRI and they should get back to work.

But right now those are not the people driving the bus. The hardliners are still in that seat. So here we are on the day the NBA was to open its season without basketball talking instead about fines on owners. Ain’t that swell.

Report: League fines Heat owner $500,000 for tweets

Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

You knew the second you read the tweets from Heat owner Micky Arison Friday that was he going to be forking over a healthy check to the league soon.

Those tweets included his response to one fan who accused Arison of being one of the greedy owners ruining the NBA.

“Honestly u r barking at the wrong owner.”

The price tag for that and his mini twitter rant: $500,000, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. That was the fine from David Stern.

Want to know how you keep Mark Cuban and Dan Gilbert and other owners willing to speak their mind in line? That’s now. Since day one of the lockout Stern has been walking around threatening a $1 million fine for owners who broke ranks and talked, now he has used that hammer a little and it will have the desired effect.

It might have been a $1 million fine, but Arison insulted Clippers owner Donald Sterling, too, and that brought a smile to Stern’s face.

It’s all worth it to Stern for this reason — he can’t afford to have anything that does not look like a unified front. Keep the players thinking the owners will not back down and you get more, if the cracks show the players will stay more solid.

And while everyone worries about looking unified, the NBA season slips away day by day.

Heat owner speaks his mind on twitter, then thinks better of it

Miami Heat owner Micky Arison arrives for the NBA labor negotiations in New York

We’ve known for a while that Miami Heat owner Micky Arison is a dove — he wants his team to start playing basketball again, he’d pretty much take the players deal on the table right now and roll with the season. As fans who want to see basketball, he’s our guy. Start the games. But as we know, hardliners are driving the bus.

When NBA labor talks blew up again on Friday, NBA fans were rightfully frustrated and lashed out on twitter. At players, at owners, at just about anyone.

Arison — the owner of Carnival Cruise Lines and someone active on twitter — got some of that backlash. One fan tweeted:

“How’s it feel to be apart of ruining the best game in the world? NBA owners/players don’t give a damn about fans … and guess what? Fans provide all the money you’re fighting over … you greedy (expletive) pigs.”

Arison’s reply: “Honestly u r barking at the wrong owner.”

We’d show you the actual tweet, but Arison took it down within the hour. Which you can bet came at the urging of the button down NBA league office. You can also bet that Arison — who is not button down, he looks like you think a rich guy in Miami should, tan and without a tie — has a fine coming, because he wasn’t done.

He retweeted one fan’s tweet that read: “Heat ratings proved that fans want to see super teams in big markets instead of a ton of small-market teams each with one (star).”

Another fan tweeted that to expect competitive balance from all “all 32 teams” was “unrealistic and stupid,” Arison re-tweeted it with a smiley face. Arison later said the smiley face was laughing at the 32 teams (the league only has 30). Right.

When one tweeter asked “are you allowed to comment about ur feelings on the small market/big market issues some of the owners bring up?” Arison replied, “no.”

This all undercuts the image Stern and his right hand man Adam Silver are working very hard to present — that the owners are a unified front. They are not. Yes they all wanted a better labor deal and were willing to push for it, but at this point some think they have enough and need to start playing. Others want the players to miss paychecks and break the union. And so here we are, with what should have been opening day Tuesday and no games scheduled, no talks even scheduled.

We need some unity. And Arison has reminded us of one thing that we all can agree on — owners, players and fans alike. It is my favorite tweet from his mini-rant.


We can all agree, nobody likes Sterling.

LeBron wants Cleveland fans to know he misses them

Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

I’ll take “things that will not go over well” for $200, Alex…

Cleveland fans will never forgive LeBron James. They see his move to Miami as a betrayal and abandonment, his public announcement of it the ultimate insult.

LeBron isn’t looking for their for forgivenss, but he tweeted (when anwering fans questions) that he misses them.


(Via Eye on Basketball)

Some will say this is just him trying to repair his image, and Clevelanders will not care. But I think this really is sincere. I think he does love Akron and Cleveland and sees what he did as purely a business move. Others may not see it that way, but he does. And Cleveland fans were good to him for many years.

Which is part of the reason they will not be forgiving.