LeBron James vs. Daniel Gibson and the Five Most Ridiculous NBA Twitter Battles
The social media revolution has created a whole new element to the sports world as athletes like LeBron James and Daniel Gibson engage in Twitter battles that create both drama and excitement for fans and the media.
In 140 characters or less, countless athletes use "Tweeting" as a means to express their thoughts, feelings and opinions on various subjects.
Some athletes take tweeting to a whole new level as they call out their teammates, coaches or owners. The use of Twitter got so outrageous at one point that NBA commissioner David Stern banned the use of Twitter during games.
Regardless of the ban, almost every athlete from every sport has a Twitter account and most of them use it on a consistent basis. It adds a lot of drama that the media and fans buy into and help fuel as they continue to follow and follow more athletes in order to read their tweets.
With that said, here are the five most ridiculous Twitter battles that have occurred in the NBA recently.
Shaquille O'Neal Vs. Jalen Rose
ESPN analyst and former Michigan star Jalen Rose called out Shaq on 1st and 10, saying that the 15-time NBA All-Star is not a starter on an elite team. He essentially called the Big Fella washed up.
If you know Shaq well, you know he wouldn't sit well with that comment.
He attacked Rose via Twitter with this remark: "Jalen rose cud neva say wht I am or what I am not, he was soft then, he's softer now, respect yur elders, u rememba da finals,I saw yo eyes."
Rose's response via Twitter: "#soft I call it like I see it-U hv an AGAINST the LAW tattoo-but you are a registered police officer & twitter beef is LAME!"
The beef didn't go past that, but it still was extremely entertaining. When is something not entertaining when Shaq is involved?
Follow Shaquille O'Neal on Twitter: @THE_REAL_SHAQ
Follow Jalen Rose on Twitter: @jalenrose
Mark Cuban Vs. Buzz Bissinger
A billionaire owner and a Pulitzer Prize winner having beef sounds rather odd and immature. Nonetheless, the two engaged in a Twitter battle when the famed author wrote a column about race issues in the NBA.
Although the column didn't mention Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner Tweeted that Bissinger was "a coward."
Bissinger responded with some expletive comments, which prompted Cuban to Tweet "Your editor asked you to write about a topic you dont know & had no interest in researching,” and "You didnt have the (guts) to say no.”
The two went back-and-forth as the tweeting erupted into a four-hour saga that eventually saw Daily Beast Editor Howard Kurtz get involved to defend Buzz.
Cuban and Bissinger eventually agreed to meet in person and squash the beef, but it was quite an entertaining Twitter battle between two prominent figures.
Follow Mark Cuban on Twitter: @Mcuban
Follow Buzz Bissinger on Twitter: @buzzbissinger
Andray Blatche Vs. "The Haters"
This has to be one of the most absurd Twitter battles period because, well, it doesn't involve a second party other than "the haters."
Blatche claimed his account was "hacked," but I don't know if I really believe that. The Washington Wizards forward has received a lot of criticism for his antics over the past two seasons, so it wouldn't surprise me if these really were his tweets.
One of his most notable tweets towards his haters was: "like I said I'm done with this fake internet thing if u wanna see meet me saturday after game I can throw these things homie."
Blatche continued to rant with tweets such as, "money talks I can wear watever and still beat ur moms," and "ok let's do this so everyone can see wat u bout let's meet n dc saturday after my game."
These aren't exactly the most professional words for a six-year NBA veteran. Sometimes you just need to learn some self control Andray, unless of course your Twitter account was "hacked."
Follow Andray Blatche on Twitter: @drayblatche
Kevin Garnett Vs. Charlie Villanueva
This was easily one of the most controversial storylines in the NBA this season.
Garnett reportedly tweeted that Villanueva "looked like a cancer patient."
The Pistons forward obviously took the remarks very personal, responding with this: "KG called me a cancer patient, I'm pissed because, u know how many people died from cancer, and he's tossing it like it's a joke."
After the story broke and saturated ESPN headlines, KG called the incident "a major miscommunication."
He went on to say this: "My comment to Charlie Villanueva was in fact 'You are cancerous to your team and our league,'" Garnett said. "I would never be insensitive to the brave struggle that cancer patients endure. I have lost loved ones to this deadly disease and have a family member currently undergoing treatment. I would never say anything that distasteful. The game of life is far bigger than the game of basketball."
It's hard to believe that KG would be so insensitive to such a subject, especially because Villanueva suffers from a condition called alopecia universalis.
Whether KG or Villanueva was telling the truth or not doesn't change the fact that it created a lot of drama and a lot of attention.
Follow Villanueva on Twitter: @CV31
LeBron James Vs. Daniel Gibson
The LeBron James-Daniel Gibson battle wins the award for the biggest Twitter beef in NBA history as the former teammates got into it via Twitter earlier this season.
This feud started when Gibson threw a party in Cleveland and claimed that he was the new "king" of Cleveland. The words reached James and he didn't take it lightly.
The Miami Heat superstar responded with this tweet: "I wake up this morning to hear somebody got real fly at the mouth at their party lastnight. I see where we stand now even though I sense it!"
James also tweeted "Get out your feelings."
Boobie retaliated with this tweet: "complaining about someones tweets is like complaining about the channel & you got the remote in your hands," and followed it up with "Life is too short to worry about what others feel & think about you.. So have fun #DoYou & Give em something to talk about."
The two then squashed the beef personally as LeBron later posted "The Air is Cleared."
Gibson said the incident wasn't meant to offend James, but let's be real—Boobie clearly directed the comments towards the former King of Cleveland by self-proclaiming himself as the new king. The clash is just another one of the repercussions of LeBron taking his talents to South Beach.
Follow LeBron on Twitter: @KingJames
Follow Gibson on Twitter: @BooBysWorld1