Apparently, Kobe Bryant did not consider his 38-point, 12-rebound performance against the Dallas Mavericks enough to silence Mark Cuban after the Dallas owner suggested that the Los Angeles Lakers should consider using their amnesty clause on Bryant.
So Bryant went on Twitter to deliver the knockout punch. And it only took two words:
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) February 24, 2013
Cuban's comments to ESPNDallas.com do have merit, but they were quickly criticized by some. It seems unlikely, people said, that the Lakers would cut ties with a player of Bryant's stature, someone who has been the face of the franchise for the last decade.
And, of course, Cuban's comments came just days before his Mavericks took on the Lakers. Bryant, who has been deferring to his teammates more recently, had a stellar game, shooting 13-of-21 and finishing with a game-high 38 points. Hours later, he posted the tweet.
Not only has Bryant's message been retweeted more than 40,000 times, he even got a shout-out from Cuban himself:
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) February 24, 2013
This is just another reason why we're thrilled that the Mamba finally took the plunge and joined Twitter last month. The 34-year-old Bryant held out for a few years, but now that's he finally created an account it hasn't taken him long to develop a good feel for the platform.