The big story from an otherwise unremarkable Game 1 between the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, was the relentless stream of tweets from Kobe Bryant. Unable to play due to a torn Achilles, the Black Mamba kept imploring his team from his couch. An annoyed Mike D’Antoni reacted sarcastically when asked about Kobe’s tweets. Per the LA Times: “Bryant responded to the postgame statement by tweeting, ‘A fan?? Lol.’ This snarky exchange leads one to wonder if this sort of public communication is worth it for Bryant or the Lakers. That was the topic of postgame debate with folks lining up on two distinct sides of the issue. With the Lakers losing this one because they did not have Bryant’s shooting or leadership, he remains the story here, even from nearly 1,200 miles away. [...] ‘He’d be saying that same stuff right to our faces if he was here, tell us what to do and when to do it,’ said Steve Blake. ‘I’m sure he’s feeling terrible not being here, and he just wants to stay connected.’”