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Twitter is revolutionizing the way we communicate, in that we all make jokes about the same thing at the same time. It’s like having a largely unmanageable group of your best friends sitting in your metaphorical living room and cracking wise while also simultaneously promoting jokes they told in the privacy of their own homes and sometimes showing your pictures of what they’re eating. It’s pretty great and there are more than 100 million active users, so you know it’s legit. I mean, Ashton Kutcher uses it, which is proof enough for me.

And because Twitter is such a huge thing, people are trying to find ways to engage that gigantic demographic. The Phoenix Suns have a pretty good idea about doing such a thing. From Sports Business Journal:

Officials said the Suns will be the first NBA club to hire a dedicated social media sideline reporter for its home game broadcasts, which are shown on Fox Sports Arizona. It’s a new twist for one of the more active NBA teams using social media as a major marketing tool.

“We will still have our sideline reporter, but the [social media sideline] reporter is a new addition,” said Jeramie McPeek, vice president of digital for the Suns. “We want to try something different and add a new element and a social media personality into the broadcasts. Our fans [using social media] are most active and engaged about the Suns during games.”

The team’s plan for the reporter will include providing updates on where Suns topics are trending on social media during games, reading tweets and adding other social media game broadcast enhancements, McPeek said.

This seems like a really weird job to tell your parents about. “Hey mom and dad, just got a new job. I’ll be tweeting on the sidelines at Suns game. You know, Twitter. It’s like this thing where you send little updates and everyone who follows you gets the updates at the same time. Well, I guess it’s kind of like text messaging but not really. It’s confusing a little, but it’s a pretty big deal now. Yeah. Yeah. Yep, I’ll be on TV. Yep, sending tweets and checking Twitter and stuff like that. Once you see it, you’ll understand.” That conversation is bound to be a doozy.

But just because it’s confusing, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea. The Suns have been active in the Twittersphere for quite some time, with guys like Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Nash and Jared Dudley making names for themselves on the service, so it makes sense that they’d guide their broadcasts in to that realm eventually. You’re starting to see Twitter handles show up on chyrons, tweets get discussed on highlight shows and MTV employing Twitter reporters for their award shows. It’s going to be clunky at first, and probably useless, but eventually this will be a real thing that you see happening all the time. Word up to the Suns for being the first NBA team to get on board.

Besides, it’s hard to complain about this when you consider the comedic potential of sending some hilarious Suns tweet to their reporter and having it get on air. Start sharpening your zings.

(via PBT)

Call off the investigation, Lisbeth Salander. Tell the FBI the news. Roger Mason, Jr. wasn’t actually hacked when he mistakenly told everyone it’s “Looking like a season.”

From Tommy Beer of HoopWorld:

Roger Mason Jr, on ESPN radio, admits his account was not hacked. The tweet in question was meant to be a text

Yes, duh. Obviously that is the case, just like everyone thought. Glad that this mystery has been solved.

Now all we have to do is figure out who he was asking “How u” and how they were doing. Sounds like a case for Nancy Drew. “The Case of the How Some Guy is Doing” will be a best-seller, I’m sure.

Roger Mason, Jr.: We had a really great meeting today, guys. Don’t wanna jinx anything, but things seem pretty well figured out. Don’t say anything though. I don’t make quite as much as you guys, so a huge fine really hurts the old pocketbook. Definitely couldn’t afford this Slinky Sleeves Puffer Coat after a million dollar fine. Oh, hold up. Twitter DM.

Barack Obama: Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup. What’s up with that lockout?

RMJ: (accidentally tweets a DM)

Obama: Niiiiiiiiice. Doin’ good. TTYL. Gotta figure out Libya.

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Nailed it.

(via I Am a GM)

Joe Mande is a comedian and Timberwolves fan from New York City. What follows is a look at Gilbert Arenas’ filthy Twitter avatars, so be warned.

Gilbert Arenas is a professional basketball player. A professional basketball player who sometimes isn’t allowed to play professional basketball because he occasionally brings loaded guns into his professional basketball player locker room and points said loaded guns at his professional basketball player teammates.

In short, Gilbert Arenas is a complete lunatic. And, like most lunatics, he’s on Twitter.

Gilbert Arenas spends a lot of his time on Twitter giving shoes away to his followers and writing horrible things about women. If you look at Gilbert Arenas’ Twitter stream today, you’ll notice it appears that he’s only written one tweet. He hasn’t. He’s written so many tweets. But as of this morning, all but one have disappeared.

My guess is, Gilbert got a call from his agent sometime this weekend, who said, “Hey Gil, would you mind deleting that tweet you wrote about how you kick women out of your bed when you’re done having sex with them? And the other one about how you want those women to drive themselves home after you’re done having sex with them, even if they might be drunk, because you’re too busy sleeping alone in your king size bed? Oh, and also the one about the box of stolen female toiletries you keep in your bathroom? Actually … just delete all the tweets you’ve ever written ever. Is that cool? Thanks, buddy.”

Gilbert Arenas likes to remind his followers that he’s a comedian. If you’re offended by his words, then you are stupid and can’t take a joke. Sure, I understand that sentiment 100 percent. The thing is, I’m pretty sure Gilbert Arenas is not a comedian. I may be wrong, but I don’t think he’s ever actually gotten up on stage and told jokes. If he is a comedian, he’s a comedian the same way I’m a basketball player and I’m a terrible basketball player. (Currently, there is only one professional basketball player/comedian and his name is Ron Artest Metta World Peace.)

One thing I definitely have in common with Gilbert Arenas (besides all the sex stuff!!!) is we both like to switch up our Twitter profile pictures on a frequent basis. My gimmick is to Photoshop my head onto other people’s twitter profile pictures. Gilbert Arenas, on the other hand, prefers to go with jokey images he finds online. You know, the kind of .jpegs you’d see posted on sexually aggressive message boards or something.

Anyway, for the last couple months, I’ve been saving all of Gilbert Arenas’ Twitter profile pictures in a folder on my computer desktop called “F—ed Up Gilbert Arenas Profile Pictures.” I was considering making this its own tumblr, but f— is a bit clunky, so here they are…

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What do you get when you cross a misogynist Twitter feed with a reality television show about women yelling at each other? Only the most important legal decision of our lifetime, of course.

From TMZ, duh:

Gilbert Arenas’ ex-fiancee is free to talk smack and get in as many catfights as she wants on “Basketball Wives LA” — thanks to a federal court decision today.

A judge ruled against the NBA star’s request to block Laura Govan from appearing on the show and mentioning his name.

The judge said Gilbert’s claim that details of his family life should not be aired on the reality show — is undercut by the fact he has “tens of thousands of Twitter users who follow [him] as he tweets about a variety of mundane occurrences.”

Ha ha. Gilbert Arenas can’t block a woman who is the mother of his children from appearing on a TV show and potentially airing all his dirty laundry because he spends all day insulting women on Twitter. That is a very peculiar kind of poetic justice that is going to set a very strange legal precedent. Apparently, if you tweet about your life, you can’t stop other people from talking about it. Seems fair to me.

Of course, now that this important decision has been handed down, I’m sure Gilbert’s going to tweet about the show when it debuts, which will really bring this whole situation full circle. There’s no way he’ll be able to resist the low-hanging fruit that is “Basketball Wives” zings. No mortal can.

If you have learned anything from The Basketball Jones, it is that podcasting is the future. In just five short years, you can go from recording a show in your buddy’s kitchen to hosting a television program in Canada, all because of podcasting. If that’s not the highest endorsement of the art form, then I don’t know what is.

Except maybe this. From HoopsWorld:

David Stern’s recent appearance on Bill Simmons’ ESPN podcast was covered extensively at both meetings. The union wanted to give their side of the story to the players and counter several of Stern’s claims.

Nearly 70 players attended the regional meeting in Los Angeles, and the NBPA has been very pleased with the involvement and support they have received.

“The regional meetings have been highly successful,” Evans told HOOPSWORLD. “We have been able to effectively educate and update our players about the real and relevant issues we are faced with during this lockout. Most importantly, we are able to rebut David Stern’s misleading statements made in his [ESPN] podcast and national interviews. Our great turnouts in Los Angeles and Las Vegas show how unified our players are.”

This is just great. I am imagining a bunch of players huddled around Derek Fisher’s laptop while he loads up the podcast and they all pore through the episode trying to find things David Stern said wrong. Billy Hunter keeps saying “Turn it up,” even though it’s at full volume, but he can’t hear anything over Maurice Evans dying laughing at Anderson Cooper giggling about Gerard Depardieu peeing everywhere. Quite the scene.

Of course, it is a bit troubling that the union is spending an hourish of their meeting time listening to a podcast so they can zing David Stern. As much as we all love the Internet, it seems like there might be some other more productive uses of their time. Then again, there’s a Ronald Jenkees drop in the intro, so that’s hard to pass up.