Porzingis, who enjoys social media as much as any 20-year-old, was excited to add 15,000 new Twitter followers in one night following his Tuesday explosion against the Hornets. He’s up to 73,000 as of Thursday morning. “Social media is going crazy, getting more followers and stuff,’’ Porzingis said. “I tweeted a picture after the game. I was active to keep the momentum going.’’
I asked Abdul-Jabbar if he sometimes wished he had played in the era of social media, if Twitter and Instagram might have given him a more ideal way to communicate with fans. ‘‘That would have been great,’’ he said. ‘‘It would’ve been nice to really be able to explain myself in the way I wanted to explain myself.’’
How long have you been active on social media? Andrew Bogut: I have been active on social media since 2008. I have started with Facebook, my personal account and the fan page. Later on I opened my Twitter account. Do you consider social media a must-have for all professional athletes? Andrew Bogut: Yes and No. Some athletes like to be more private. I think it is good to connect with fans. Also, a lot of marketing and branding is done. These days your sponsors, brands such as Nike, Coca-Cola, Mc Donald’s, whoever you sign with, would like you to post things on your social media. It can help with the interaction with your sponsors.