Lakers vs. Spurs: Kobe Bryant’s Twitter hiatus adds insult to injury

The Los Angeles Lakers are on the brink of finishing their disastrous season via a sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs after going down in the series, 0-3 and taking their worst home playoff loss in franchise history. To make matters worse, no one will get to know what Kobe Bryant has to say about it all. 

Just when Bryant was on a roll and giving us social media gold, he felt obligated to shut himself down after the media started to question whether or not his tweeting was a distraction to the team: 

The irony of it all is that while Bryant and some of his critics may not have agreed with his live-tweeting during the playoffs, the NBA was good with it. 

Go figure, the league known for fining folks for just about anything is good with Bryant’s commentary. Soon-to-be commissioner Adam Silver even went as far as to call it, “fascinating.” That’s probably the best word to describe it, but the Black Mamba has gone silent on all matters related to the Round 1 series since Game 1. 

Since then, the Lakers have undergone devastating injuries to most of their remaining key players in the form of ailments to Steve Blake, Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks. For fans in Los Angeles, it’s bad enough to have to watch them go out like this, and now, they won’t get the silver lining of seeing Bryant’s reactions and insight into the situation. 

When life gives you lemons, steal the lemonade? 

That’s precisely what this feels like, and it’s not fun. The Lakers are an utter disaster in 2012-13, and when something finally goes right for them, even off the court, it goes away. That’s the 2012-13 season in a nutshell. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.


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