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An Open Letter to Kobe Bryant: Please Keep Tweeting During Laker Games

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 07:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as he walks down court during the NBA game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  The Clippers defeated the Lakers 109-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistApril 25, 2013

Dear Kobe,

After blowing out your Achilles with two games to go in the regular season, you managed to remain in the collective consciousness of NBA fans by doing what any self-respecting narcissist would: You promised us you'd stay involved with the Los Angeles Lakers by any means necessary.

And stay involved you did—140 characters at a time.

Whether (rightfully) questioning the Lakers' failure to use their foul to give in the waning moments of a three-point game against the Houston Rockets or pioneering the use of the word "cease" as a noun, you kept us riveted.

Then the playoffs rolled around and you went all #CoachKobe on us, tweeting persistent suggestions and analysis during a Game 1 loss against the San Antonio Spurs.

We didn't know it at the time, but your in-game tweets wouldn't last forever.

Your brief advice columns reached Mike D'Antoni via the press by the time the final buzzer sounded. He called you "a fan" and it was clear that your social media experiment was overshadowing the game itself.

Then, apparently chagrined by stealing your team's thunder, you pledged to call it quits.

Say it ain't so, Kobe.

Look, your Lakers are slowly circling the drain, down 2-0 to the Spurs and piling up injuries faster than you can create a hashtag. There's nothing left in this series to keep us entertained—except you.

Now, don't get the wrong idea. You're not always purposely entertaining; often, your tweets are enjoyable because they practically ooze a sense of attention-seeking desperation. But we like watching you clamor for attention.

And sometimes, you've got interesting stuff to say, too.

So get back at it. We know you're not a quitter.

Plus, you've got the support of NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver, who told Rob Mahoney of the Associated Press that he very much enjoyed your social media input. When one of the top executives of a league that forbids its active players to tweet during games is on board, you've got to keep going.

Give us your strategic adjustments. Give us the updates on your sleeping patterns. We've got no attention spans anymore; we need to know what you think about everything, all the time.

Keep tweeting, Kobe.

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