SAN ANTONIO – If a tweet falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound?
“I love when Kobe tweets; he’s a great tweeter,” said Metta World Peace. “I don’t follow him.”
Yes, this is where we are. After two days of Kobe Bryant’s Twittergate threatening to spin the planet off its axis and send it careening into deep space, only one final authority was left to consult. The whimsical, idiosyncratic Bryant teammate World Peace was more than happy to oblige.
Was Bryant out of place tweeting his opinions on the Lakers’ play in Game 1 against the Spurs on Sunday? Did he ruffle feathers with his comments and suggestions for strategy? Was he a distraction?
World Peace, who is active on Twitter himself with more than 582,000 followers and over 2,500 tweets, quickly shook his head and smiled.
“I’m a distraction,” he said. “I’m more a distraction than Kobe.
“I love when Kobe tweets … When I was injured I wanted to tweet. But I know there’s a rule you’re not supposed to tweet until 1-1/2 hours after and from 1-1/2 hours before games. If that wasn’t the rule, I would have been tweeting every freakin’ minute.
“I love when Kobe tweets. He’s a great tweeter. I don’t follow him.”
World Peace said it wasn’t necessary to follow the Mambatweeter, because he could find out what they said by checking virtually any Web site.
“But he should tweet,” World Peace. “Kobe should tweet for Game 2, the whole time, every possession. Critique us, criticize us, chew us out. I’ll direct message him. He should tweet, do Facebook, whatever. If he don’t want to Tweet he should do StumbleUpon. The whole game just stumble.”
Despite his proclivity for social media, Metta only follows four people on Twitter and one of them happens to be the Dalai Lama.
“I haven’t gotten a direct message from the Dalai,” he said. “I’ve sent him a few direct messages, but he didn’t respond. I guess he’s too good for Metta World Peace.”