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Kobe Bryant, LeBron James Tweets Among the Most Retweeted of 2013 Sports World

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 10:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat plead with a referee during a game  at American Airlines Arena on February 10, 2013 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 14, 2013

Hopefully you were aware of this, but Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are both pretty popular athletes. Their names resonate on a global scale, and everything they do is put under the microscope. 


Thanks to the explosion of social media—especially pertaining to how we watch, follow and analyze sports—"everything" now includes Twitter. And as reported by Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated's Point Forward blog, both superstars had messages that were among the top 10 on the retweeted sports tweets” list, one that was produced by Twitter itself. 

They weren't the only ones, as J.R. Smith also joined in on the action. 

Although nothing could top Cristiano Ronaldo remembering Sir Alex Ferguson's career at Manchester United, LeBron had the No. 4 tweet on the list, making him No. 1 in the NBA world: 

The debate between LeBron and Michael Jordan will never end, at least not until LeBron retires. It can't be too surprising that this simple message was so popular, as it featured one of the central figures in the argument expressing his own opinion. 

And that opinion? 

Stop the debate. LeBron is his own person, and it's pretty clear he's an excellent basketball player. But despite the ridiculous number of retweets, no one is actually going to listen to the subtle message. 

One spot behind LeBron was J.R. Smith:

Not much context is needed here. The trash-talking tweet speaks for itself. 

Closing out the basketball portion of the top 10, Kobe had two entries: Nos. 7 and 8. 

The first was a simple one-liner delivered to Mark Cuban: 

After Cuban pondered the possibility of amnestying Kobe, the Mamba exploded for 38 points in a 103-99 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. He wasn't content to point to the scoreboard, but he instead took to Twitter and delivered one of the most-retweeted messages of the year. Thank goodness he did, because it was an epic moment in Twitter history. 

Is it something that'll make Cuban exercise more caution when talking to the media? "Nah," says USA Today's Adi Joseph

For his second entry on the list, Kobe did something pretty simple. He joined Twitter: 

Again, thank goodness he did. 

If you aren't on Twitter, you're making a mistake. It's a constant source of entertainment and information, even if you're only reading what other people say. And if you're not following Kobe, you're making another huge mistake. 

Remedy them immediately. 


While you're at it, let's try to make something I say get 70,000 retweets. Or even 10...  

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