Twitter is a better place because of Kobe Bryant.

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar joined the social media service earlier this year, and it's safe to say he's had a stellar first year. Bryant has racked up four million followers in 2013 and he opened up on Twitter in a way few other athletes have.

But Bryant was far from the only athlete to make a splash this year with a tweet or two. Here are some of the best individual tweets of the year that were featured on ThePostGame. For the best Twitter interactions involving multiple athletes or fans, see here.

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Bryant posted a terse tweet after Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggested that the Lakers should amnesty him. He posted 38 points and and 12 rebounds against Dallas and then this tweet, which drew props from Cuban himself.



Former NFL receiver Chad Johnson helped a homeless man in Miami to a dream shopping spree and documented it via Twitter. Here are some of the best tweets.



Washington Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins sent out this memorable message after he was drug tested in a peculiar place.


Floyd Mayweather used Twitter to spread holiday "cheer."


Two special teamers, New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford and Indianapolis Colts kicker Pat McAfee, tweeted out photos of drug test requests they received after having big games.



A tweet LeBron James sent out about a police escort to the Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concert in Miami prompted a formal investigation.


Bryant zinged NBA commissioner David Stern with this stinging message he sent from the 2013 NBA All-Star game.


Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin posted a neat photo of his public transportation commute:


Staying with the Eagles, 6-foot-6, 310 pound offensive lineman Lane Johnson posted this photo of his newborn son's enormous hands:


During a Q&A session he held on Twitter, James said he'd love to play one NFL game before retiring. As one can imagine, that tweet received lots of attention:


Hip hop singer Macklemore voiced his displeasure with the Oklahoma City Thunder, who in 2008 relocated from his hometown of Seattle, for playing one of his songs at games.


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