HoopsHype Twitter rumors

March 27, 2013 Updates

Phil Jackson hasn't even been on Twitter for six hours, and he's already nearly as good at social media as he is at coaching basketball. Early Wednesday afternoon, Jackson's fiancee and Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss tweeted that Phil had joined Twitter, and his account (@philjackson11) was verified shortly thereafter. Before he sent out his first tweet, Jackson had amassed over 40,000 followers, an impressive feat for anyone. USA Today Sports

Dave McMenamin: Heard that PJax's first tweet was an intentional blunder. There is a video to follow with him having trouble typing with rings on Twitter @mcten

There it is, a message so garbled that Twitter believes it was written in the Lithuanian language. It's a bold choice to promote a new book in this way, but no one ever said Jackson's methods were conventional. Yahoo! Sports

Phil Jackson has joined Twitter. He hasn’t tweeted yet, but I’m sure once he does, the world will change. So far he has procured the handle @PhilJackson11 and set a picture of his 11 championship rings as his avatar. I can’t wait to see what his first tweet is! The Big Lead

March 18, 2013 Updates
March 15, 2013 Updates

Bill Simmons is serving a three-day Twitter suspension after sending tweets critical of ESPN's "First Take." Simmons blasted the ESPN program for the Richard Sherman vs. Skip Bayless feud. He told his 2 million followers to stop watching the show and called the segment "awful" and "embarrassing." ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys on Thursday said the network declined to comment. This much is clear, however: ESPN is sending the message that nobody is exempt from its internal Twitter policies, which read: "At all times, exercise discretion, thoughtfulness and respect for colleagues, business associates and fans." Detroit Free Press

March 3, 2013 Updates

White cites Twitter and other social media "as the best census we could have," and notes that many people use social media to attack people they don't know, including him. "These are people who are among us," he said. "I've had people tweet me heinous stuff, and then I see on their profile that they're a 'counselor.' These are people who run our schools and work with kids. We want to focus on the guy who might walk into this hotel lobby and shoot everybody, instead of the millions of young black men who will kill each other in our communities." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

February 20, 2013 Updates
February 12, 2013 Updates

Bryant, who has nearly 1.3 million Twitter followers, reprimanded a fan who tweeted "You're gay" to another fan. In response to the insult that was posted Sunday on his own Twitter feed, Bryant tweeted: "Just letting you know@PacSmoove @pookeo9 that using "your gay" as a way to put someone down ain't ok! #notcool delete that out ur vocab." Bryant was fined $100,000 in April for using a gay slur in a nationally televised game, an incident that NBA commissioner David Stern called "offensive and inexcusable." ESPN.com

February 11, 2013 Updates

Smith, though, is different. He’s not vanilla or politically correct. Instead of quoting Nietzsche, Smith is more likely to steal from Sir Mix-A-Lot. “I like big butts and I cannot lie.” Yes, Smith has made it abundantly clear on Twitter that this gentlemen prefers curves. Last month, Smith even used Twitter to fuel the budding Knicks-Nets rivalry after Brooklyn forward Kris Humphries, following the Martin Luther King Day win over the Knicks, tweeted: “Big game tonight! The Garden got really quiet on the way out! #Brooklyn” Smith, frustrated with his performance, tweeted back to Humphries “Wasnt quiet when Kanye tore it down last month!” The reference was to rapper Kanye West, the current boyfriend of Kim Kardashian, who famously filed for divorce from Humphries after 72 days. “People tell me all the time to watch what I say on Twitter but I’m still going to do what I want to do,” Smith says. “I’m still going to be me. It’s not a matter of them telling me . . . it’s a matter of whether I’m going to listen.” New York Daily News

February 3, 2013 Updates

Warriors made Saturday night "Social Media Night," becoming the first team to have its players wear shirts emblazoned with their Twitter handles during warm-ups. It's a reflection of just how much confidence the front office has in the team's maturity and intelligence. You can rest assured the Warriors never would have dreamed of advertising easy access to, or interaction with, some of their other squads in recent years. Sulia

January 31, 2013 Updates

Millsap laughed after @MoWilliams claimed the Jazz power forward would soon be the team's leading tweeter. "I still don't know how it works," Millsap said. "I've got to figure it out. I can't be the king if I don’t know." There are two things about Twitter that the Jazz do know. Williams shared Fact 1 about Millsap: "No, no, no, no, no. He is not going to the School of @Enes_Kanter Twitter. No way." Deseret News

Millsap laughed when asked if he was going to get Big Al to do Twitter. "Some people just ain't going to do it," Millsap said. "He's one of them guys." One locker over, Jefferson quickly interrupted the conversation to back that up. "I can' t spell that good," he said, laughing. Deseret News

January 30, 2013 Updates

Royce White: "As much as we want to think that these are just people behind computer screens, those people are living next door to you," he says. "They are people behind computer screens in schools. In hospitals. Working in Washington, D.C. These are real people. How many times does this stuff have to happen before we admit something really disturbing is going on here? I think one person tweeting 'Fuck you, go kill yourself' is disturbing. But when you get into the hundreds of those tweets? The thousands of those tweets? I see a lot of people out there with really volatile mental disorders that are not getting help. Because I go to their own Twitter pages, and I can see they're not just sending those messages to me. They're sending them to a bunch of people. I mean, if you tweet at me five times in seven minutes because I'm not playing for a team you have no real connection to? That is not good. That suggests mental illness. And even if you say, 'But I love this team to death,' it means you've put too much investment into entertainment. It's probably not good for you." Grantland

January 29, 2013 Updates
January 22, 2013 Updates

A year ago, I met with Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant to discuss his 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 22, 2006. It was for a story on the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game. Bryant's 81 is the closet anyone has come to matching or surpassing Chamberlain's 100. One of the questions I asked Bryant: "Have you ever watched the replay of that 81-point game?" He said no. "There's nothing I could have learned from that game," Bryant told me. "It was just pure fluke, a freak of nature-type thing." USA Today Sports

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