Kobe Bryant's Best Tweets of the NBA Postseason

Brendan Bowers@@BowersCLEContributor IIMay 1, 2013

Kobe Bryant's Best Tweets of the NBA Postseason

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    Kobe Bryant first joined Twitter in January of 2013. 

    He has posted 471 tweets in the time since, developing a following of 2,413,202 people along the way.

    During the postseason, while sidelined with an injury to his left Achilles, Bryant has tweeted approximately 27 times.  

    This article highlights his best work on Twitter's micro-blogging social media application from the start of the NBA playoffs on April 20 until now. 

    The tweets featured on this list are included for various reasons. In some cases, Bryant provides a behind-the-scenes look at his rehab process that isn't typically conveyed through other forms of media. 

    In others cases, he has been simply hilarious, critical and supportive.

No. 10: Bryant Provides Real-Time Injury Update

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    Retweets: 2,336
    Favorites: 1,474

    Kobe Bryant underwent surgery to repair his left Achilles tendon following the season-ending injury he suffered just before the 2013 playoffs began. 

    To keep the NBA world updated on his rehab process, Bryant posted the following update on Twitter earlier this week.

    Stitches out! #progress instagram.com/p/YvXCAMxNr4/

    — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 30, 2013

    Live from the surgery table, Bryant confirmed that his stitches are out and progress is being made. 

    According to an earlier report from Jillian Martin and Jason Moon of CNN, Bryant's overall recovery time is expected to be between six and nine months.

No. 9: Endorsement of Red Mamba Nickname for Matt Bonner

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    Retweets: 3,196
    Favorites: 2,097

    In homage to Kobe Bryant's Black Mamba nickname, former Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics Forward Brian Scalabrine has been commonly referred to as the White Mamba.

    As an indirect reference to Scalabrine referencing Bryant, San Antonio Spurs' sharpshooter Matt Bonner has been referred to as the Red Mamba.

    All of which the original Mamba confirmed he appreciates with this tweet back on April 21.

    #redmamba haha I luv that

    — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 21, 2013

No. 8: Kobe Indirectly Confirms He Still Reads the Newspaper

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    Retweets: 13,128
    Favorites: 7,886

    Nike demonstrated support for Kobe Bryant by posting this "You Showed Us" ad on its Facebook page following his season-ending injury.

    The ad was genuinely designed, timely and inspirational.  

    Apparently, the first time Bryant saw it, however, was while reading the print version of the newspaper on the morning of April 21.

    The same copy he later posted an image of on Instagram with this tweet.

    Thank you @nike for this surprise spread in the paper this am. It touched me beyond words. #showuIwill instagram.com/p/YX3oQxxNr8/

    — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 21, 2013

    Besides indirectly confirming that Bryant still does his part to support the struggling newspaper industry, he also responded to the ad with the hashtag #showuIwill.

No. 7: Distraction for an Injured Superstar

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    Retweets: 1,300
    Favorites: 1,345

    Kobe Bryant isn't wired for down-time.

    On April 20, the first day of the NBA playoffs, Bryant reached out to the Twittersphere for a healthy distraction from the reality that he would not be participating. 

    I need to be entertained or I will just think of work non stop. Any shows, movies, books etc.. you can recommend?

    — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 20, 2013

No. 6: Bryant Tells Pau Gasol to Get on Block During Game

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    Retweets: 21,293
    Favorites: 8,256

    As a result of his recent surgery, Kobe Bryant was not able to travel with his Los Angeles Lakers' teammates for the first two games of their opening round series with the San Antonio Spurs.

    While watching from home just like millions of NBA fans all over the world, Bryant brought his Twitter followers inside the team huddle with the following update.

    What I would say if I was there right now? "Pau get ur ass on the block and don't move till u get it" #realtalk

    — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 21, 2013

    This was met with more than 20,000 retweets in response, while over 8,000 people also favorited the post.

No. 5: Prepping Injured Leg for Instagram

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    Retweets: 2,254
    Favorites: 1,963

    Prior to tweeting out the image of his stitches being removed, Bryant also provided details on how his leg needed to be maintained in order to hit the showers.

    #sexynurse shower prepping the leg for me. Can't get stitches wet but still gotta wash my ass… instagram.com/p/YW3aTfxNpd/

    — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 21, 2013

No. 4: On Lakers Inability to Defend Tony Parker

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    Retweets: 2,468
    Favorites: 1,131

    Further in-game analysis provided by Bryant on Twitter during Game 1 included this breakdown on how his teammates were defending San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker.

    Matador Defense on Parker. His penetration is hurting us

    — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 21, 2013

    Parker finished Game 1 with 18 points and 8 assists.

    During his Spurs first-round sweep of the Lakers, he averaged 22.3 points and 6.5 assists in four games while shooting 49.3 percent from the field.

No. 3: Kobe Goes Fan Mamba for Game 2

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    Retweets: 8,636
    Favorites: 4,974

    This tweet made me laugh the hardest of any that Bryant posted thus far during the postseason.

    On to game 2. I will be watching from the crib again in a pau jersey and laker face paint ha! All jk aside We will be fine on wed #fanmamba

    — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 21, 2013

    For some reason, I also immediately pictured Fan Mamba with a big bowl of popcorn while rocking the Gasol jersey and Lakers paint. 

No. 2: Bryant Channels His Inner-Shakespeare

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    Retweets: 5,572
    Favorites: 3,974

    One of the best aspects of Bryant's tweet-game is his use of hashtags.

    Earlier this year, he began incorporating the nickname Vino that he had recently received from a friend.

    Vino evolved into Coach Vino for Kobe during a Facebook post following his injury.  

    While channeling his inner-Shakespeare, Bryant then introduced the contemplative, philosophical state of Vino, otherwise known as "Vinospeare."

    To tweet or not to tweet.. I CHOOSE not 2. Focus should be on the team not my insight. @georgelopez voice "Can't DO nothin!"#vinospeare

    — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 22, 2013

    Unfortunately for the NBA Twitter community, Bryant stood by this update and stopped live-game tweeting after Game 1.

No. 1: Tweet of Support for Jason Collins

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    Retweets: 41,203
    Favorites: 15,005

    Washington Wizards' center Jason Collins came out as gay in an article he wrote with Franz Lidz of Sports Illustrated on April 29.

    In what has been an inspirational showing of support from the NBA community since, Kobe Bryant was among the first to respond.

    Bryant posted the following update on Monday to let Collins know how he felt.

    Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU

    — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 29, 2013

    The Mamba Army then stood up by advancing that message of support with over 41,000 retweets in response.