Before Twitter, we never could have hoped we would ever know our favorite athletes this well.
In many ways, one social-media device—popularized by Shaq way before it was cool to sum up your thoughts in 140 characters—has brought us closer to the athletes we idolize than we ever thought possible.
It has made us privy to their every thought and emotion, for better or worse, and even though, in some cases, Twitter has resulted in the demise of their credibility (talking to you, Ocho), it has become increasingly clear that a world without Twitter would be a sad one indeed.
For those who know how to use it, Twitter has been a revelation for athletes. It has given them a platform, a voice and a fanbase that would certainly never exist otherwise.
And for those who don't know how to use it—even better for us, the fans.
We hope that the relationship between Twitter and these select few athletes continues to flourish forever.