Kobe Bryant swears off Twitter -- at least during games

Lakers forward Metta World Peaces gives guard Kobe Bryant a pat on the back as Bryant limps off the court after making two free throws following a foul and Achilles' tendon injury.
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Kobe Bryant has sworn off Twitter -- at least during games.

While sidelined with a torn Achilles’ tendon, Bryant has been reduced to spectator as the Lakers try to upset the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.

Bryant gave his observations throughout the 91-79 loss in Game 1 on Sunday, which got national attention, even making the ABC broadcast.


To tweet or not to tweet.. I CHOOSE not 2. Focus should be on the team not my insight. @georgelopez voice “Can’t DO nothin!"#vinospeare — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 22, 2013

During the game Sunday, Bryant urged from afar his teammates to pound the ball into post players Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard. He also didn’t like their late defense on Spurs guard Tony Parker.

Post. Post. Post. — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 21, 2013

Gotta milk pau in the post right now and d12. Will get good looks from it — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 21, 2013

Matador Defense on Parker. His penetration is hurting us — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 21, 2013

The Lakers did rely on a steady diet of post plays, but with the team’s perimeter shooters struggling, the Spurs were able to crowd Howard and Gasol.

Bryant’s tweets drew so much attention, moving forward he’ll stick to commenting when the Lakers are idle.

Coach Mike D'Antoni has enough trouble trying to guide his team against the 58-24 Spurs that second-guessing the Lakers coach is a staple on Twitter (whether the Lakers win or lose). Bryant might want to avoid throwing logs onto the fire.

I see my tweeting during the game is being talked about as much as the game itself. Not my intention, just bored as I guess #notagain — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 21, 2013

The Lakers will get a second shot at San Antonio in Game 2 on Wednesday night.


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