Mike D’Antoni isn’t particularly happy with Kobe Bryant’s new hobby.
Over the past few months, presumably in an attempt to develop a relationship with fans that will still exist once his playing days are over, Bryant has been tweeting excessively before and after games. Now that he is out until next year and all he can do is helplessly watch from home as his team tries to make noise in the playoffs, the 34-year-old future Hall of Famer has stepped it up a notch. He live tweeted throughout the Los Angeles Lakers’ entire 91-79 Game 1 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, and most of his commentary was (understandably) critical.
When reporters passed along Bryant’s suggestions to D’Antoni during the postgame interview, the Lakers’ much-maligned head coach was less than thrilled.
“It’s great to have that commentary,” D’Antoni said, while rolling his eyes so hard they nearly fell out. “He’s a fan right now. He’s a fan. You guys put a little bit more importance on that kind of fan. He’s a fan, he gets excited, I’m sure he wants to be part of it.”
Bryant, in turn, responded to that with more tweets:
A fan?? Lol #microphonetalk— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 21, 2013
While he was clearly a little salty about being referred to as a fan, Bryant tweeted out later in the day that he would refrain from live tweeting future games so as to not distract the team. Sadly, that means the only interesting thing about Lakers-Spurs is now gone.
You can check out D’Antoni’s response to Bryant’s tweets in the video below.