Oh, the things you learn via social media, specifically Twitter, about athletes.
Here's a conversation between Magic players Maurice Harkless and Kyle O'Quinn:
O'Quinn: "I'm bout to grow my hair and get braids."
Harkless: "You gonna look like ronnie turiaf."
O'Quinn: "but better."
The fall-out from Dwight Howard's escape from L.A. continues.
Asked about Howard, Lakers owner Jim Buss tells Ric Bucher in a piece for the Hollywood Reporter that Howard "was never really a Laker. He was just passing through."
Well, Dwight was supposed to go to so many places that you can understand whether Buss might have missed him. But we know he was never a Brooklyn Net, never a Dallas Maverick, never an Atlanta Hawk and never a Golden State Warrior; we're pretty sure he was a Laker, though.
Better to pretend that Howard never played for the Lakers last season than to admit they lost a franchise player for the first time since . . . well, ever.
At least Jeanie Buss, Jim's sister and co-owner, had the guts to say, "It's disappointing that Dwight isn't here. I feel like we failed him."
Jim Buss will have to wait until Feb. 19 in L.A. to see if Howard really is a Rocket.
This 'n' That
Kobe Bryant was asked if he'd be a Laker for life and said, "Yeah." Yeah, silly question to ask of a guy who already has been a Laker for 17 seasons. ..The only place 17 years isn't life is San Quentin… In rehabbing his left knee, Heat star Dwyane Wade has undergone "shock-wave therapy." I'd have thought all Wade needed to do to produce shock waves was to pop in a video of the Spurs' blowing Game 6… Said former Magic F Al Harrington, who recently signed with Washington, on TwitLonger, "When i said my time in Orlando was a nightmare had nothing to do with fans or the city. It was the fact that I was there and could not help the team becuz I couldn't get healthy. That was my Nightmare . . . That's ALL . . . Hope I cleared that up! City and Fans was great to me and my family! 1Love." Wait. TwitLonger? It's billed as, "When you talk too much for Twitter." Remember, more than 140 characters is no longer a tweet; it's rambling.