How are the L.A. Clippers perceived on Twitter?
One of the best things about Twitter—as it relates to basketball—is the lightning speed at which highlight plays are shared and dissected in Twitterverse.
And the residents of Lob City are as likely as anyone to manufacture a play worth tweeting about.
Whether it's a monster slam by Blake Griffin or DeAndre Jordan (R.I.P. Brandon Knight), or it's Chris Paul or Jamal Crawford shaking someone with a sick crossover, the Clippers give Twitterverse something to talk about almost on a nightly basis.
So in that spirit, here are each of the core members of the Clips summed up in a tweet.
You can't help but like Ronny Turiaf, the fun-loving Frenchman.
Every team needs someone to lead celebrations from the bench. Turiaf might be the league's premier celebration maestro.
Ronny's signature Turiaf Twirl is a commonplace occurrence at Clippers games.
Eric Bledsoe is like the Tasmanian Devil on the basketball court.
He's a one-man wrecking crew who just makes incredible plays all over the floor, whether it's coming from out of nowhere for a LeBron-esque chase-down block or skying for an alley-oop jam.
His teammate and mentor Chris Paul describes him best:
Chris Paul on Eric Bledsoe: "He's a freak of nature."— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) February 8, 2013
Lamar Odom has had a long and successful career that has included two NBA championships and a Sixth Man of the Year trophy.
Yet, as surprising as it may seem to NBA fans, Odom may actually be more well-known around the country for his doings off-court, particularly in the reality TV and celebrity gossip world.
I'm excited for Kanye and my sister! There's nothing like bringing life into this world! Let's keep Gods blessings coming!— LAMAR ODOM (@RealLamarOdom) December 31, 2012
Now how many people can name drop in a tweet like that?
Matt Barnes is one of the toughest and scrappiest players in the league.
So it's no surprise that his grit-and-grind style translates to other parts of his life, like his love for UFC.
Always been a fan of GSP, but Diaz is a nor cal boy, Can't go against that, plus he's got a hell of a chin.. I just wanna see a war!— Matt Barnes (@Matt_Barnes22) March 17, 2013
I love it when we get a glimpse into the other passions of NBA players.
Speaking of tough, Caron Butler has quite a reputation for it himself.
Known as Tuff Juice, Butler has been a rock for the Clippers the past two years, accepting his role and going about his job with a workmanlike attitude.
Of course Caron Butler tried to give it a go this morning. He could probably get hit by a truck and still give it a go. #tuffjuice— Andrew Han (@andrewthehan) March 14, 2013
Chauncey Billups is the dictionary definition of "savvy veteran."
He acts as a coach on the floor for the Clippers and has enough basketball knowledge to run his own NBA team one day.
Even though Father Time has taken away most of his explosion and athleticism, Billups still finds ways to get to the free-throw line at a high rate for such a low-usage player.
It figured this game would have some old man-game moves. Chauncey Billups just baited Copeland into a shooting foul, Sam Cassell style— J.A. Adande (@jadande) March 17, 2013
You have to love when someone's Twitter handle captures who they are or what they are about.
Normally Crawford's slick moves result in buckets for himself. But he decided to get creative on the assist for this Lob City Special to Blake Griffin.
Jamal Crawford said his lob to Blake Griffin was one of the plays he had planned for the All-Star Game if he made it. espn.go.com/blog/los-angel…— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) March 7, 2013
It's too bad that a showman such as Crawford has never gotten a chance to display his skills at the NBA's biggest exhibition.
DeAndre Jordan is one of the most open athletes on social media. He's always posting pictures on Twitter and Instagram of what he's doing off the court.
But make no mistake, the Twitterverse lives for his heinous lob finishes.
It's been 24 hours since DeAndre Jordan destroyed someone. Too long.— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) March 12, 2013
Once more, for effect.
Blake Griffin takes a lot of flak from people for his on-court demeanor, but he is one of the funniest guys in the league.
Deadpan humor is an art form and Griffin is a master. His ubiquitous Kia commercials are awesome, but his greatness was first revealed in this video game spot everyone forgot about. Tiger jump!
Kid Blake: Who are you? Future Blake: you from the future... Don't listen to anything else I've told you just start wearing a cup.— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) March 6, 2013
Chris Paul is the NBA's top point guard for many reasons. One of the biggest is that he's the best leader in the league and the consummate team player.
He's always looking out for his teammates, and not just when he dishes the rock to them for those pretty assists. Whenever he gets interviewed on the court at halftime or postgame when the Clippers do well, he's quick to credit his teammates and give them props for playing well.
With Paul, team comes before everything else.