Some athletes stay off social media during the season to ensure they aren't distracted as they look to help their team win a championship.
It appears San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has decided to go that route.
A day after the first-year Spur struggled (five points, three rebounds and three turnovers in 25 minutes) in a 120-90 loss to the Golden State Warriors, Aldridge's Twitter account was no longer active:
Did the rough game lead the four-time All-Star to get off social media? Only he can say for sure.
Coincidence or not, the news of Aldridge disabling his Twitter account had people talking:
Ananth Pandian @Ananth_Pandian
Looks like LaMarcus Aldridge deleted his Twitter account https://t.co/db6O4F44oF2016-1-26 16:44:35
LaMarcus Aldridge deleted his Twitter. What? Why? https://t.co/RyOOke1MDc2016-1-26 17:14:02
Earth To Janine @jay9_trooper
LaMarcus Aldridge deleted his Twitter and Instagram after the game last night. 😕2016-1-26 17:50:39
Stephen Anderson @ImSteveAnderson
LaMarcus Aldridge has apparently deleted his Twitter account. I know fans were bashing him last night, but wow. #SpursNation2016-1-26 16:16:45
A brief search on Twitter shows there were some harsh things said about Aldridge on Monday night, a game in which the Spurs were without Tim Duncan (knee). Maybe he saw some of the negative tweets and decided enough was enough; maybe he just decided to eliminate a distraction.
The only thing for certain is that, despite the blowout loss to the defending champs, San Antonio is still going to contend for the title this season. Now that the 2015-16 season has passed the midway point, teams need their players to be all-in on making a championship run.
By deactivating his Twitter account, Aldridge will have an easier time blocking out the haters and just focusing on his team.