Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers still has not been able to stay in the background after tearing his Achilles tendon, and his Twitter comments have become a story line in the playoffs against the Spurs.
Kobe Bryant was tweeting throughout the Lakers' loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the NBA playoffs Sunday.
That will not be happening anymore.
Along with drawing attention to his Twitter account throughout the game with tweets criticizing “Matador Defense on Parker” and instructing his guys to “Milk Pau in the post,” Bryant also drew a roll of the eyes from Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni in the post-game press conference.
“He’s a fan right now,” D’Antoni said, answering a reporter asking about Bryant’s instructional tweets during the game.
Bryant, who was clearly watching the postgame show, tweeted, “A Fan??? LOL #microphonetalk.”
On Monday, Bryant confirmed he would not be offering a repeat performance on Twitter during Game 2 Wednesday night. He stated on his Twitter account, “I see my tweeting during the game is being talked about as much as the game itself. Not my intention.”
After that, Bryant confirmed he was choosing not to take attention away from the team during the second game of the playoff series. “Focus should be on the team,” Bryant tweeted.
However, Bryant did offer a slightly comedic mental image of how he would be spending Game 2: “I will be watching from the crib again in a Pau [Gasol] jersery and Laker face paint.”
Even with a torn Achilles tendon, Bryant has found a way to be a part of the Lakers playoffs.
Ahead of Game 1, Bryant promised he would be in the building during the Lakers’ two upcoming home games, but he was not yet able to travel on airplanes due to swelling.