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76ers' Bryan Colangelo Burner Account Allegations Throw Twitter into a Frenzy

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 30, 2018

BOSTON, MA - MAY 9:  Bryan Colangelo of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics on May 9, 2018 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Tuesday was supposed to be a slow night in the NBA.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors took care of business in their respective conferences, and 48 hours remained until their fourth straight meeting in the Finals.

Then another burner scandal enveloped NBA Twitter. This time, it involved Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo, who may have used a series of burner accounts to criticize players, his team's head coach and executives, according to an investigation by The Ringer's Ben Detrick.

Naturally, that news set Twitter ablaze with takes and jokes galore, several of which came courtesy of Sixers center Joel Embiid:

Joel Embiid @JoelEmbiid

BRUH https://t.co/hv59PDxlgY

Joel Embiid @JoelEmbiid

Joel told me that @samhinkie IS BETTER AND SMARTER THAN YOU @AlVic40117560 #BurnerAccount

Joel Embiid @JoelEmbiid

I’m upset @drake

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Embiid is liking old tweets...👀 https://t.co/YtC8wfwMwm

Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham

Joel Embiid has now taken this to Instagram https://t.co/v6Dxo8jxQW

Def Pen Hoops @DefPenHoops

Joel Embiid: "eventful night lmao....I don't believe it though" https://t.co/yw7jQ7aINb

Sensing an opportunity, Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum tried to stir the pot:

CJ McCollum @CJMcCollum

Are you saying you’re no longer happy in philly ? 👀 https://t.co/i623bIufJR

Joel Embiid @JoelEmbiid

Lmao CJ.. you just gotta trust it https://t.co/Igl0MZouzQ

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Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban also got in on the fun:

Daryl Morey @dmorey

You need two blue checks to confirm you are not a burner https://t.co/eZPp2KZ3hg

Mark Cuban @mcuban

Actually , that was back in the day. As of the new TPA (Twitter Posting Agreement ) every NBA exec gets assigned 7 burner accounts. Let me know if I can help you get a 🔥for your accounts. BTW, loved your burner account names. @moreymeister is my fave. #FeelTheBurn https://t.co/SRn6vH6PBd

Mark Cuban @mcuban

Dude. I know you have been busy, but we all get our TPS reports weekly. This one had the cover letter that clearly stated “Burner Accounts”. So yes, you have 2 left. And @DustMessaging is for DMs of course. HMU there w any ? #FeelTheBurn https://t.co/eFV1vyjB9Y

Here's a look at the best of the rest:

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA

Numerous Burner Accounts https://t.co/J1EOSLpb6X

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine

The Game of Zones on this might finally break us all ...

Mike Finger @mikefinger

.@AlVic40117560 Shot in the dark here, but what do you think the Sixers would be willing to give up for Kawhi?

Dan Feldman @DanFeldmanNBA

You think you're enjoying this? Imagine Sam Hinkie.

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

1-2-3-4-5 Twitter accounts!

Rob Mahoney @RobMahoney

The best part of all: NBA executives and players are making fake profiles to get in on NBA Twitter, while those of us in here know enough to want out.

Dan Gelston @APgelston

76ers will have Brown back next season. Oh & they may also have LeBron, Kendall Jenner, Meek Mill, 2 sports psychologists for Fultz & 17 Colangelo burner accounts.

In a statement, Colangelo acknowledged one of the accounts referenced in the story—which is private and has not tweeted—belongs to him. However, he denied knowledge of the remaining accounts. In a statement to The Ringer, he said:

"While I have never posted anything whatsoever on social media, I have used the @Phila1234567 Twitter account referenced in this story to monitor our industry and other current events. This storyline is disturbing to me on many levels, as I am not familiar with any of the other accounts that have been brought to my attention, nor do I know who is behind them or what their motives may be in using them."

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