Twitter Reacts

Twitter reacts: The Lakers’ worst loss ever … and the Clips’ biggest win ever




VIDEO: Blake Griffin and the Clippers pounded the Lakers Thursday night at Staples Center

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Shakespeare himself couldn’t come up with the right words to describe the scene at the Staples Center Thursday night. It was a disaster movie — for the Los Angeles Lakers — playing out before our eyes on TNT. A proud franchise falling in epic fashion at the hands of the former doormat franchise that has existed in the Lakers’ shadow all these years.

When it was over the scoreboard said it all: Clippers 142, Lakers 94

The Lakers’ largest regular loss ever is, of course, the largest win over for the Los Angeles Clippers (their largest road win, too, even though technically they were playing on a floor in their home building) and the most points the Clippers have ever scored against the Lakers.

Lakers fans are quick to remind their Clippers counterparts that Los Angeles is and will always be a “Lakers town.” But on this night, Lakers fans probably wanted to be anywhere but the Southland.

Naturally, folks on Twitter and Instagram had a field day with this one, which started out innocently enough for the home team …

– Things got out of control quickly, though, and the basketball world responded …

The NBA Reacts To Loss Of Mandela


VIDEO: Former and present NBA players remember the life of Nelson Mandela

NBA.com staff reports

Humanitarian and NBA ambassador Nelson Mandela passed away today at 95, leaving a trail of goodbyes and social media send-offs in his wake. Throughout his life, he worked tirelessly to eradicate racism in South Africa and his efforts made an imprint on the younger generation:

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Players React To Grant Hill’s Retirement

HANG TIME, N.J. – Grant Hill, 19-year veteran and seven-time All-Star, announced his retirement on the Inside the NBA set on TNT Saturday night before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

When healthy, Hill was one of the best all-around players in the game. And he was always one of the league’s best citizens. He endured quite a bit of misfortune when he was in his prime, but came back and ended his career on his terms.

“The thing that I’m most proud of,” Hill said, “In 2003 I had multiple doctors tell me I’m done, and I went on to play 10 more years.”

There was plenty of reaction around the league once Hill made his announcement…

Twitter Reacts: Collins Comes Out As Gay

From NBA.com reports

On the heels of veteran center Jason Collins coming out as gay in a story he wrote in Sports Illustrated, players around the league — both former and current — as well as those outside the NBA react to the news via Twitter:

Twitter Reacts: Trade Deadline Day 2013

From NBA.com staff reports

As trade deadline day gets rolling and heads toward the 3 p.m. deadline, folks all throughout Twitter — from players to media types — are chiming in on rumored deals, deals that are dying off and the rarest bird: deals that actually take place.

Below is a smattering of the latest comments. Refresh often:

Birthday Tweets Pour In For Jordan

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HOUSTON — It’s a dilemma that has passed down through the ages: What does one get a king for a birthday present?

Well, the NBA just happens to be throwing a celebratory bash for Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday in the form of the 62nd All-Star Game (8 PM ET, TNT) and there is sure to be some kind of cake.

But the best wishes to Air Jordan have been rolling in all day:

Twitter Reacts: D’Antoni To L.A.

NBA.com staff reports

News of the Lakers’ hiring of Mike D’Antoni as coach broke around 3 a.m. ET, and since then, Twitter has been abuzz with news of the man charged to lead Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash and the rest of L.A. in their hopes of championship glory. Here, then, is the best from around the Twitter-verse:

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