The Twitter machine has given athletes and fans a platform that allows them to interact in ways that were foreign just as early as a decade ago. Twitter has provided to be an outlet that ends up both helping and harming athletes. On the good side, we've seen Kevin Durant meet up with a group of random students during the NBA's 2011 lockout to play a game of flag football. The interaction between KD and the students would've never happened without Twitter. On the bad side, we've seen a former collegiate athlete that many have probably never heard of, Bradley Patterson of Northern Alabama call President Obama a racial slur. As a result, Patterson was booted from the team.
Twitter may only allow you to get a single message through within 140 characters, but despite the character limit, the messages tweeted by athletes speak volumes. Here, we take a look at fifteen tweets NBA players wish they could take back.
15 15. Larry Nance Jr. Calls Kobe Bryant A "R****t"
In 2012, Larry Nance Jr. sent out a tweet that confirmed his stance on Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case stemming from 2003 in Denver, Colorado. Nance initially starts with a subtle jab saying, "I hope Kobe can keep his hands to himself in Denver this time". He concludes with a not so subtle "#r****t". Kobe had been acquitted as his accuser refused to testify against him. Fast forward to the 2015 NBA Draft and the Los Angeles Lakers end up drafting Nance 27th overall. The tweet was largely unnoticed in 2012; it wasn't in 2015 upon Nance being drafted. Nance quickly deleted the tweet once it became public knowledge to the masses. Nance admitted to being "terrified" as to what the Black Mamba's response would be. Luckily for the swingman by way of Wyoming, Bryant was unfazed and forgiving.
14 14. Kevin Durant Becomes a Hypocrite Six Years Later
Credit to Durant for not wanting to play for the Heat and Lakers; he refused an offseason meeting from the Lakers and despite sitting down with the Heat, Pat Riley knew the chances of landing KD was slim to none. But, what Durant did is no different than when the "Heatles", LeBron Jame, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined forces in the 2010 offseason. The argument could be made that what Durant did is even worse considering he joined the best team ever in NBA regular season history. This team, the Golden State Warriors, had the two-time defending MVP, Steph Curry and two all-stars in Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. In 2010 it seemed like Durant enjoyed competition and "going at these people". In 2016 he flipped the script and joined the competition. Hypocrisy at its finest!
13 13. Draymond Green Insults LeBron For Leaving Cleveland For Miami
Emotions were high on July 8th, 2010, when LeBron James had a nationally televised special dedicated to his 2010 free agency decision. When making his decision, James, in an arrogant manner proclaimed, "I'll be taking my talents to South Beach to join the Miami Heat." Any and every one chimed in with an opinion. Here, we see Green's opinion, which unsurprisingly takes a shot at LeBron being unable to lead a team to a championship. Ironically, in the 2016 NBA Finals, Green found out that not only could James lead a team to a championship, but that James could do it against Green's very own team. Not to forget, James helped his team overcome a 3-1 Finals deficit as the Cavs became the first team to overcome such odds in the Finals, beating the best regular season team of all time. Karma at its finest.
12 12. Carmelo Anthony Puts A Hit Out On Kat Stacks
For those who aren't familiar with the name Kat Stacks, she is a groupie that has been linked to a slew of rappers such as Fabolous, 50 Cent, Tyga and Soulja Boy. Along the way she's also been linked to NBA superstar, Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony clearly did not want any mention of his name alongside Kat Stacks. Anthony tweeted a bounty by offering up 5,000 big ones if someone slapped Stacks. Playing in the NBA puts you on the highest of pedestals and for Melo to tweet out a hit was about as foolish a thing as he could've done. Shortly after posting the tweet Anthony claimed he had been hacked. Likely? No. Proper damage control procedure? Without a doubt.
11 11. Roy Hibbert Foolishly Compares Losing Basketball Games to a Mass Shooting
The San Bernardino shooting claimed the lives of over a dozen people along with injuring two dozen other individuals. It was a repulsive act that shook the country and especially the residents of San Bernardino, California. Hibbert, who at the time played for the woeful Lakers, made an analogy that put the countless losses the Lakers were accumulating on a pedestal with the mass shooting carried out by a married, terrorist couple. While Hibbert did say that his "heart hurt more for those affected in the shooting" it's never a wise move to compare and contrast a sporting event to a shooting that claimed the lives of numerous individuals while shaking up a community. Hibbert can rebound from losses; those who tragically met their demise on December 2nd, 2015 don't have such an opportunity.
10 10. J.R. Smith Blesses His Followers' Timelines; NBA Fines Him
The fellas certainly got quite the treat when J.R. Smith tweeted out this photo of model, Tahiry lying down on his bed with a thong on. On behalf of the male cohort, thank you, Mr. Smith. Tahiry, who is quite blessed in the derrière area must've made the former New York Knick one happy man that evening. But, while we can assume that Smith had one hell of a night when he tweeted this photo out, the NBA wasn't too happy. Smith was fined $25,000 as a result of posting what the NBA deemed an inappropriate photo. Unlike the rest of the tweets on this list, Smith is in unfamiliar territory as he didn't write anything ludicrous; he tweeted a photo which he probably figured would have no repercussions.
9 9. Paul George Doesn't Understand The Seriousness of Domestic Violence
The swingman who previously wore number 24 for the Hoosier State's Indiana Pacers, tweeted out a viewpoint that was far more graphic than the number 13 that Paul "PG-13" George sports today. George clearly illustrates he doesn't condone a man hitting a woman; but, it's what he says after that deemphasizes his first statement. George stated: "If she ain't trippin then I ain't trippin... let's keep it moving let that man play!" Keep in mind, George tweeted this message three days after the horrific, gruesome video of former Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice punching his wife in Atlantic City. The timing by George couldn't have been worse. Domestic violence is never a joking matter. George would surely wish his "Twitter fingers" didn't hit send here.
8 8. D'Angelo Russell Didn't Watch Enough Basketball As A Youngster
D'Angelo Russell should probably just stay off of social media. Despite being the number two overall pick and having a decent rookie campaign to begin his NBA career, he is most renown for the Snapchat saga in which he exposed teammate Nick Young for cheating on then fiancée, Iggy Azalea. Here, two months after being drafted by the Lakers, Russell claims T-Mac may have been the greatest of all time. One, McGrady only got past the first round once in his career and it was at the tail end of his career with the San Antonio Spurs where he was at the end of the bench. Secondly, Russell was now going to be sharing a backcourt with Kobe Bryant, a player who was often compared to McGrady during the early 2000s. Clearly there's no argument today. How Russell can even begin to think McGrady is one of the greatest of all time is unfathomable considering he wasn't even the greatest of his era.
7 7. The Future Bulls' Words Come Back to Bite Him
The former Arkansas Razorback, Bobby Portis confirmed that his allegiance in the 2011 NBA playoffs was with the Miami Heat and not the Chicago Bulls. Four years later, Portis declared for the NBA Draft; he was selected by none other than the Chicago Bulls. Along with this tweet, Portia also tweeted, "Pau Gasol not as good as everybody think/say!". Portis couldn't have known in 2011 that he would be heading to the Windy City in 2015, but having both the aspiration and talent to enter the league he shouldn't have degraded any teams. Had Bulls officials known of this tweet prior to the draft their opinion of Portis may have shifted. Portis apologized to Gasol, Rose and the Bulls team for the anti-Bulls tweets he had made.
6 6. Anthony Davis Messes With the Based God
For those unconvinced of the Based God's powers, lets take a look at some evidence as to why he isn't the one to mess with. Rockets superstar, James Harden, was unwilling to apologize to Lil B who claimed Harden wouldn't be cursed if he apologized to the Based God for stealing the cooking dance Lil B started years prior. During the 2015 Western Conference Finals between Lil B's hometown Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets, Harden didn't apologize; in game 5, Harden broke the playoff turnover record in a single game with thirteen. Kevin Durant has had a well publicized beef with Lil B; Lil B called an end to it when KD joined the Dubs. KD couldn't win against the Based God so he had to join up with him. The Pelicans were everyone's team to watch out for in 2015-2016; they missed the playoffs. The Brow may want to think about apologizing to the almighty Based God.
5 5. Dame Dolla Criticizes King James
The 2010-2011 season featured LeBron James in the spotlight just like it did every year; but this was his first cast as the hatable villain as opposed to the lovable superhero. The Heat losing the Finals to the Dallas Mavericks allowed for many to rejoice as LeBron didn't play up to standards. He was the team's third leading scorer behind both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. LeBron has always been a willing passer, but not because he was passive, but because he found opportunities for his teammates. In the 2011 NBA Finals, LeBron looked uncharacteristically afraid of the moment. Damian Lillard certainly noticed and he ripped LeBron for it. LeBron was viewed as a prima donna for ditching cold Cleveland winters for warm Miami weather. He was looked at as one who couldn't lead, but need to be led. Lillard probably wishes he wasn't so hard on the self-proclaimed King just as most were in the 2010-2011 season, considering LeBron led both Cleveland and Miami to a title.
4 4. J.R. Smith Claps Back at Kris Humphries
Prior to a game against the New York Knicks at their home turf of Madison Square Garden, then Brooklyn Nets Power Forward Kris Humphries sent out the tweet above. Humphries gloated over the last time the Knicks and Nets played at "The Mecca" in which the Nets came out victorious. J.R. Smith, who at that time was on the Knicks roster, gave Humphries a taste of his own medicine by referencing a Kanye West show that took place at Madison Square Garden that "wasn't quiet". West was in a relationship with Kim Kardashian at the time, who happened to be the ex-wife of Humphries (albeit if it was only a seventy-two day marriage). Humphries may have thought he pulled a fast one initially, but this tweet is remembered for how Smith ended up getting the last laugh.
3 3. Al-Farouq Aminu Isn't a Fan of the LGBT Community
In 2009, Aminu tweeted that he saw two males riding together on a one seat bike which made them "gay gay gay". Aminu quickly passed judgment on the two males he didn't know and degraded them on what he perceived to be their sexual orientation. In the NBA, and especially today's world, the acceptance of the LGBT community has steadily been on the uprise (well, maybe not in North Carolina, but you get the picture). The NBA even had the first openly gay active athlete, Jason Collins, come out as gay in the 2013 offseason when he was currently without a team. In 2014, Collins became a member of the Brooklyn Nets and became the first openly gay active athlete to play in an NBA regular season game. It's been quite some time since Aminu's tweet; let's hope he has a better perspective on LGBT issues now. For the record, Aminu has tweeted quite the anti gay tweets in the past and this is one of the lesser graphic ones.
2 2. Casey Jacobsen Tries to Criticize Matt Barnes, but Barnes Gets the Last Laugh
For those of you that are unfamiliar with the name Casey Jacobsen, that isn't surprising. The former first round pick of the Phoenix Suns in 2002 played five unmemorable seasons in the NBA for the Suns, Grizzlies and Pelicans (at the time the New Orleans Hornets). Here, Jacobsen is upset that Clippers superstar Power Forward, Blake Griffin, passed up a game-winner to give the ball to Matt Barnes to take the final shot. Jacobsen probably never expected Barnes to see the tweet, but he did. Barnes took exception to Jacobsen's tweet and let him know exactly how he felt with some not safe for work language. In fairness to Jacobsen, he actually played in the NBA for five years and not two like Barnes said. In fairness to Barnes, how many people actually remember Jacobsen played in the NBA for five years?
1 1. Russell Westbrook and KD's Relationship in Happier Times
Back in 2009, when Westbrook and KD were really starting to gel for the first tine, their relationship looked like they were going to be a tandem that would wreak havoc on the league for years to come. The two looked like they enjoyed being on the court together and off the court together as well. In later years we found out that Westbrook and KD weren't as tight as we'd one thought. However in 2009, Westbrook sent out a playful tweet to KD that said, "come on be like daddy" implying to KD to be more like him. KD followed up with playful banter. Westbrook may have thought in 2009 that the relationship with him and KD would continue to grow in the years to come (and it did at times), but their relationship is clearly nonexistent as evidenced by the two not acknowledging each other in their first matchup against each other this year in November in Oakland, California.
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