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What I Learned Live-Tweeting the Lakers – Celtics

Laker's guard Kobe Bryant drives on Celtics guard Paul Pierce

Did you catch the Laker game on Sunday by any chance? In case you missed it, you can check out my Twitter feed.

I actually live-tweeted two basketball games, Duke-St. Johns and Celtics-Lakers, and I would have enjoyed doing it a lot more if both teams hadn’t severely stunk up the joint.

Duke didn’t show up in its game at all, getting blasted 90-78 in Madison Square on national television, and the Lakers got blown out in the fourth quarter by the hated Celtics (although Kobe had 41) on national TV as well.

But I did enjoy doing it. Here are some things I took away:

Twitter is a great medium for fans to talk trash.

Being a Duke meant that at least 1 of my 98 followers had to hate them. It turns out one of my followers, @dysonsound (great music blog) was a UCONN fan and we ended up exchanging some jabs. He also happened to be a Celtic fan, so we had a lively discussion about basketball that took place over 4 hours.

I remember asking @dysonsound this after he revealed his UCONN and Celtics fandom,

@dysonsound haha are we diametrically opposed or what?

Twitter is a great medium to speculate on what trash is being talked during games.

I mean it was Lakers-Celtics – some blows were bound to be exchanged. Early in the game, the cameras focused on an interesting two-way exchange between former teammates Shaq and Kobe.  I asked one of my followers what he thought Shaq said to Kobe to which he responded,

“You’re looking rather sexy today.”

Uh no, how about, “Kobe how my a$$ taste?”

What did my followers think?

I got interesting feedback from two followers that were on either side of the spectrum.

One of my followers @vikramraju joked,

@SSunmonu will replace my ESPN gamecast for live bball updates…would you branch out into other sports, sir? I need solid cricket coverage.

Another follower, @apfk88 was not so ecstatic, tweeting

@ssunmonu really? You’re going to tweet every play of the game?

To which I responded,

@apfk88 no one’s asking you to read em.

But the most important thing I took away from my live-tweeting session was that I do need to be more active on Twitter. I was actually amazed by how “influential” I was being. Checking out Klout afterwards revealed a jump from a score of 17 to a 25. Not too shabby for a days work.

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Live-Tweeting the LA Lakers vs. the Boston Celtics 1/30/11

I was hanging out with a friend the other day when he asked me the question, “Why do you always tweet articles?”.

The first response that came out of my mouth was, “It’s good for potential employers to see that I read a lot and know what’s trending.”

While the answer I gave him was enough to settle his curiosity, his question made me confront the real reason why I don’t really tweet much.

You see, showing employers that I stay on top of relevant events is important, but the real reason that I don’t tweet much of my own content is because, shhh don’t tell anyone this – I don’t think I have anything clever, funny, or interesting enough to say.

Which is an odd train of thought if you think about it, because I try and blog every weekday.

I (like many others) just feel that most of the minute details that are a part of my everyday life are just not that interesting to share with the rest of the world.

For example,

It’s cold outside.

Yawn. Of course, it’s New York.

Ugh, I have class from 10AM to 10PM today! Life sucks!

Really? Who cares!?

But now I realize how absurd this line of thinking really is.

I blogged a few weeks ago about how cool it was Live-Tweeting the BCS National Championship. I’d never taken part in a national event like that, and I want to do it again.

But this time, the event is going to be special for me.

You see, I’m an abashed Laker fan. (Yes, I’m from New York. And no, that doesn’t mean I have to like the Knicks.)

I haven’t been able to catch many Laker games this year, and the last time I sat down and watched an entire Laker game was when the Lakers were destroyed by Miami on Christmas Day.

This will be the first rematch of the NBA Finals from last year and you can bet it will be a good one.

I imagine tomorrow’s game playing out like this:

It’s 95-96, and the Lakers are down 1 with 15 seconds left on the game clock. Out of the timeout, Pau inbound passes the ball to Derek Fisher on the wing, Fish dribbles around for 5 seconds before finally passing the rock to Kobe.

With Pierce in his grill and the game clock winding down, the crowd chants 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! as Kobe jab steps right, goes left, spins, and then swishes an impossible fadeaway jumper over Paul Pierce’s outstretched hand as time expires.

And I’ll be there documenting it all with a tweet something like:

Kobeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! The Greatest of All Time!!!!

I doubt that the game plays out exactly the way I described it, but I can dream right?