Says teammates don't need 'distractions'
MANILA, Philippines – NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant has decided to stop live-tweeting games of the Los Angeles Lakers, saying he does not want to be a distraction to his teammates as they compete in the playoffs.
Bryant, who is out for the season after suffering an Achilles tear against the Golden State Warriors last April 12, has taken to live-tweeting Lakers games while he recovers from surgery.
During Game 1 of the Lakers' first-round match-up against the San Antonio Spurs, Bryant tweeted analysis of the game as well as "instructions" to his teammates on the floor.
"Gotta milk Pau (Gasol) in the post right now and D12 (Dwight Howard)," Bryant tweeted. "Will get good looks from it."
The Lakers ended up losing 91-79, and Bryant said: "Nothing worse than watching your brothers struggle and you can't do crap about it."
Later, he added: “On to Game 2. I will be watching from the crib again in a Pau jersey and Laker face paint!”
Bryant's live-tweeting of the game was well-received by his over two million followers on the social networking site, but it may be the last contest that the All-Star guard will tweet about.
"I see my tweeting during the game is being talked about as much as the game itself," Bryant tweeted. "Not my intention. Just bored I guess. #notagain."
He later explained to a follower that he does "want my dudes having distraction, plus some writers love creating controversy, so why give them the ammunition."
"My dudes don’t need the distraction, period," he replied to another follower.
Game Two of the Lakers and Spurs' best-of-seven series is on April 24.
Bryant was one of the last NBA players to join Twitter, but has gained a reputation as a savvy user of the micro-blogging site.
Mashable noted that Bryant has put on "a social-media clinic" ever since he suffered his season-ending Achilles injury.
"While he’s been sidelined on the court, Bryant's been more active than ever online. Whether tweeting encouragement to teammates, joining unexpected platforms or sharing surprisingly candid thoughts, the NBA legend has proved he's now a social media star," wrote Sam Laird of Mashable.