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:


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:


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.

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Jeremy Lin's technical foul in Wednesday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder made his wallet, and perhaps his 6-foot-3 frame, a little lighter.

Toward the end of the first half, Lin was assessed a technical foul for arguing a call. It was the 24-year-old's first technical of his NBA career. Luckily for Lin, the foul didn't end up costing his team too much, as Houston went on to win the game as he scored 29 points.

By Thursday morning, Lin was able to put his foul (and the ensuing fine) in perspective:


Within a few hours, more than 10,000 followers retweeted Lin's humorous message.

The third-year guard has tweeted about his love for fast food before. When the Rockets made a trip to California recently, Lin made sure to stop at In-N-Out:


A man of the people, indeed.

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As if the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry needed any more hype, John Calipari's daughter added some fuel to the fire this week with a biting illustration.

A cartoon in the Louisville Courier-Journal went viral on Wednesday, and it's not hard to see why. The drawing shows two doctors looking at an MRI of Kentucky star Nerlens Noel's knee. One doctor asks the other if he can read it, and the second doctor replies: "Yeah, it says NIT." Noel, of course, is out for the season after tearing his ACL.

Erin Calipari, 26, got wind of the cartoon on Wednesday, and she posted a sharp response on Twitter.


But she wasn't done. Later, Calipari responded with her own drawing.


Ouch.

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Bitter much, Kobe?

The Los Angeles Lakers star and his team are in the midst of a rough year, and with a record of 25-29, they are performing well below most reasonable pre-season expectations.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers are surging, and their 39-17 mark is good enough for first place in the Pacific Division. So what might have happened if the catalyst behind the Clippers' excellent play, All-Star point guard Chris Paul, been traded to the other Los Angeles team?

As many people remember, last year Paul was all set to play for the Lakers when NBA Commissioner David Stern suddenly vetoed the trade. Paul was instead dealt to the Clippers, and the rest is history.

Paul and Bryant do get to be teammates every February at the NBA All-Star Game, and when they play together, it's tough not to think of what could have been had the two superstars been teammates. That thought may have been on Bryant's mind when he tweeted a photo of his daughter playing with Paul's son during All-Star Weekend in Houston.

"At least lil @CP3 and baby Mamba can play together NBA can't veto this one Ha!", Kobe wrote.


Zing!

Bryant's biting diss got more than 16,000 re-tweets in the first day. Unfortunately for him, that's not enough to overturn the NBA's reversal of the trade.

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What some people may not realize about the hoopla surrounding Brent Musburger's comments about Katherine Webb is that the announcer has just the second most bizarre infatuation with A.J. McCarron's girlfriend.

During the BCS national championship game, Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett tweeted at Webb, asking if she wanted to accompany him to the fast food restaurant Wingstop and then the strip club King of Diamonds after the game.

We can only assume Dockett was joking. After all, a quick glance at Dockett's Twitter bio would seem to set the tone for his colorful feed: "I love rabbit guts, pig feet, fried roaches and boiled termites! I'm just [expletive] diffent! .... Oh I play football for the NFL"


McCarron saw Dockett's tweet and quickly responded, thus beginning one of the weirdest Twitter beefs in all of sports.


The pair exchanged a few good-natured tweets that night, with Dockett even suggesting that McCarron join the Cardinals and ending one of his messages with #rolltide.

But several weeks later Dockett was back at it, tweeting at Webb and asking if she would be available for lunch.


Once again, McCarron was quick to respond.



Things died down for a couple days, but now the two are back at it thanks to a tweet Dockett fired off Monday:


This time, things got a little more personal.



Finally, McCarron fired off a trio of tweets, perhaps hoping to end the feud for good:




And just for good measure, McCarron roasted Dockett with one final tweet:


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San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver has received boatloads of backlash for his provocative comments regarding gay players in the locker room.

Culliver this week told Artie Lange that the 49ers don't have any gay players on their team, and if they did they would not be welcome in the locker room.

While Culliver's comments were widely rejected by his team, other players and in the media, it is unclear whether the NFL will level any punishment on Culliver. But should the league be more concerned? At least one player thinks so.

On Friday, Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan tweeted that Commissioner Roger Goodell should go as far as to suspend Culliver for his remarks.


A suspension is unlikely, but Ryan deserves kudos for his bold stance. The more players like Ryan who join vocal equality activists Brendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe, the more gay players will feel comfortable in the ranks of the NFL.

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