Like many Lakers fans, he became frustrated with the Spurs' open three-pointers: “Gotta keep the spurs offense in front of our d. They r great at penetrating and pitching to their shooters.”
As Gasol was attempting only three shots in the second quarter, Bryant challenged him: “What would I say if I was there right now? Pau, get your [rear] on the block and don't move till u get it.”
Midway through the third quarter, Bryant was finally liking what he saw, and wrote, “This game has a ‘steal one' written all over it for us.”
But that was before Manu Ginobli made the AT&T Center shake with a bank shot and two three-pointers to end the quarter with the Spurs suddenly leading by 13. As the game ended, an obviously frustrated Bryant concluded, “Nothing worse than watching your bothers struggle and u can't do crap about it.”
But soon, he was hopeful again, writing, “On to Game 2, I will be watching from the crib again in a pau jersey and Laker face paint ha! All jk aside We will be fine on Wed.”
Later, though, he began to have second thoughts about his involvement in the game, and his afternoon tweets ended with, “I see my tweeting during the game is being talked about as much as the game itself. Not my intention, just bored as I guess #notagain.”
Does that mean Bryant will not tweet during the Lakers' second game here Wednesday? It would be unfortunate if he felt as if he couldn't stay connected to the team. It would be unfortunate if we couldn't read what he's thinking. Here's hoping he can figure out a way to make it work without making his coaches and teammates feel threatened during this most vulnerable of times. He surely understands. After all, can you imagine his reaction in a locker room after hearing that an injured player was tweeting about him?
The only thing for certain is, on a day when the Lakers lost the ball and their focus, they missed their leader so badly, 140 characters can't begin to describe it.