I can’t possibly say it better than @russbengston said, so I’ll just leave you with the video and his words:
Russell Westbrook just caught up with a Kardashian.
Also, his hustle … so Russell (c) SLAM. (video via @sportsquota)
As some of you know, I enjoy this whole Twitter fad these whipper snappers are always talking about. For general NBA stuff, I tweet under @BothTeamsPlayed and I also do a lot of in-game commenting on my Pacers under @8pts9secs. (I also cover Indy over at 8 Points, 9 Seconds, if you weren’t aware.)
But it’s not just me. The entire NBA world has embraced the micro-blogging social media site as much as any other community I can imagine. Media folks like @russbengston, @StackMack and @RobMahoney drop knowledge during games. Players like @KevinDurant35, @AndrewMBogut and @OneandonlyCP3 talk with fans constantly.
All in all, it’s pretty great.
And it seems like at least one NBA player has found a way to make money off of it. I’m not sure exactly what the consensus is on the the kosher-ness of doing this, but Jon Brockman (@MrJonBrockman), a rookie reserve with the Sacramento Kings, is reportedly getting paid to send out corporate-sponsored tweets from his account, according to Business Insider.
Jon Brockman of the Sacramento Kings has 319,195 followers on Twitter. Tweeting “Has anyone seen the new Volvo C30? There are tons of features on this thing! Check it out…http://spn.tw/5q81 #ad” earns him around $411, SponsoredTweets.com reports.
$411 per tweet isn’t all that much. But it is roughly $411 more than I make per tweet.
As for whether or not celebrities should be doing this (Kim Kardashian reportedly makes $10,000 per tweet and Soulja Boy may make something similar), I don’t really care.
It’s obviously a little disingenuous, but none more so than doing a “corny”commercial for PowerBar, Samsung or Taco Bell. (What up, Lamar Odom. Nice shirt.)
Can’t knock the hustle, ya know.
UPDATE: Forgot to mention that Lamar’s wife, Khloe Kardashian, reportedly makes $1,359 per sponsored tweet. Here’s a full list of other “celebrities” tweeting for dollars.)
Now … did he really enjoy the cake or is he just saying he did cause the cake shop paid him? I mean, I’m guessing he likes cake regardless cause who doesn’t like cake? But you know what I’m saying.
I don’t think I’ve posted anything about Lamar’s summer cause, frankly, who gives a damn? He’s one of thousands of dudes in LA who married some famous-for-no-reason girl. Good for him, I suppose. Hope they have a wonderful life together.
Although, it is funny to see them run around the promotional rounds to promote … er … I’m not sure what exactly. Lamar is on a pretty popular NBA team that I believe already has a pretty lucrative TV contract and fan following in place. Of course, I guess it is beneficial for his post-NBA career to become more well-known outside of just NBA circles now. And I suppose Khloe has some TV show or something maybe? If we’re being honest, I barely know who she is.
Anyway, I post this because it’s Kimmel, who is generally funny and does good NBA-related stuff on the reg, and because it’s pretty hilarious that Khloe doesn’t even know who the Lakers beat in the Finals last year. Lamar also calls Jimmy a “little freak.” All in all, good times. (hat tip to @ticktock6 of Hornets Hype)
If you only have five minutes, however, definitely skip the Kimmel thing and instead watch the next video. Here, Ed Lover gives his thoughts on Khlodom (at the 3:20 mark) in the latest episode of “C’Mon Son,” which, in case you have been hiding under a rock somewhere, is easily the best thing to happen to the internet in the year two thousand and nine.
I won’t spoil it for you, but he compares Khloe to the mascot of a children’s cereal. This, however, begs the more hoops-related question: If you were to compare any member of the Lakers to a cereal cartoon character, who would it be and why? Show your work in the comments.