The antisocial has become social #mambatweets— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 4, 2013
Since then, Bryant has established himself as a social media savant. He's racked up well north of 800,000 Twitter followers, all the while using his account to dispense wisdom and diffuse locker-room feuds.
Which got us to thinking, what if Twitter had come into existence long before 2006? Suppose the Internet had existed when the BAA and the NBL first merged to become the NBA in 1949, and that Twitter creator Jack Dorsey had been around to make 140 characters the standard for mass communication?
Surely, the NBA, long known to employ outspoken eccentrics and loud-mouthed attention hogs, would've been home to many more a serial tweeter than it already has been.