There are all kinds of things you can learn by following along on Twitter. These days, newspapers, blogs, and even players tweet their news before it is posted elsewhere. For instance, this little tidbit came up on Twitter from Yahoo:
Glen Davis two-year deal for $5 milllion with Boston includes weight-related bonuses totaling $500K each season, source tells Yahoo Sports
Now, this makes sense, given Big Baby's weight issues over the years. I haven't seen it reported in the Globe, Herald or anywhere else. But, a quick trip to Twitter will give you this bit of news and more.
You can get some pretty bizarre stories that don't have anything to do with basketball as well. This Tweet came from Tom Weir of USA Today:
My favorite non-sports story of the day. Guy gets a DUI on a lawnmower and he included a link to the original story here
We can also gain information about players who are signing with the Celtics. Statcenter had this Tweet to offer. Pretty interesting stuff:
Career PER: Shelden Williams 12.5, Glen Davis 10.9.
There is also news that can break your heart. This Tweet from Marc Spears almost drove me to tears. I really hoped all along that somehow Leon would return to the Celtics.
If Leon Powe's rehabbing knee is OK with team doctors Tuesday in Cleve, he will sign a 2-year deal with the Cavs, a source told Y! Sports.
The deal for Powe would be for the minimum salary, with Cavs holding option for 2010-'11. Powe is expected to return by All-Star break.
I guess one of the best things about Twitter is that there are some players on there and you can get a little glimpse into their personalities and off court lives by follwoing them on Twitter. First up is Shelden Williams. He seems like a great guy and genuinely happy to be in Boston. He tries to answer every tweet that people send to him, which is pretty nice considering he has other things he could be doing. Here is a sampling of his recent Tweets. Some are replies to questions asked him which you can figure out from his answers.
Thanks and yes I try to answer as much as I can
Yes we do should be a lot of good practices among the forwards
Good afternoon to u as well
Gotta go to Boston for a day so I'm in the airport bout to board
Thanks I appreciate it
Ahhhh great I am on a 6 hour flight with two kids under 5 next to me just great this should b fun
Noise cancellation ear phones don't fail me now haha
Wish me luck everybody haha bout to take off
Just landed he in bean town
Long flight and the 3 kids weren't that bad when they actually started to sleep
Getting my day started in Boston first up meeting the staff, then the media and the team doc to do my physical
Just met Stephen Tyler the lead singer of aerosmith he broke his shoulder falling off the stage in south Dakota
So he was holding my physical up haha
Yes I live with her that is what married people do. I play for Boston and I m 25
Yea well u can buy anything nowadays already made so but I always cook something from scratch
Nah she is with some friends while I play daddy
Haha she is a good baby
yes I have decided on the number 13
every other number is pretty much retired haha but I think it is going to be a good number
just got done with everything and now it is official I am not with the Boston Celtics
I m sorry my phone messed up my tweet haha I AM a Celtic
well yall i m bout to take off for the long flight back to LA i will holla at yall later!!!!
Another player who has recently started tweeting and is just as classy on Twitter as he is in everything else is Ray Allen. He is another athlete who tries to answer as many of his Tweets as he can. Here are some of his recent tweets.
Just wakin up in the morning gotta thank god
Thanks for following. I love Australia. It is a beautiful place
What has anybody done to make the earth better today
I recycle everyday so that's a consistent. I turned off the air condition and opened the windows to the house. That's helping a little
Try vital tea from vitamin water. Vitamin water is discontinuing it because they say people won't drink brown water. It is my favorite.
Thanks everybody for following. I hope I can be an inspiration to you
Remember you were not born a winner, and you were not born a loser. You are what you make yourself be
I did legs in the weight room for the first time in 3 months and my hamstrings are on fire..better now then when training camp comes
The key to having a consistent stroke on your jumpshot is your legs..keeping your lift throughout the game and season is a must
Sorry I'm talking about a lot..its the morning and I have a lot on my mind..I gotta get it out
Yesterday I shot a 72 on the course and its my low round of the summer..my goal is to break 70 before training camp..I will do it
I work pretty damn hard to have a great jumpshot and people say god blessed me to shoot..nope..he blessed me by keeping me healthy
And giving me the will and desire to go out everyday and work at what I love..he doesn't care if I shoot 95 percent from the free throw line
I work just as hard at my golf game because I wanna be great at it..so all the work I put into bball is now in golf...for now..
In a month I will transfer back..golf is helping me keep my mind sharp..the competition is what keeps me on track
For everybody out there I say the best thing you all can do to be great in life is to compete at whatever you do
Competition fuels greatness..the urge to wanna be the best..when you challenge yourself then you make a lot of people around you better
My brain is working this morning..I had so many questions asked of me over the last few days I'm thinking about all the things that you all have asked..
When you work on getting better at something don't do it half speed, for example
When I go in the gym to shoot I don't shoot practice shots..I shoot game shots..I simulate playing a game
So when your're practicing simulate what the actual situation your're preparing for would be like..it do it hard..cut no corners
Kids are up talk to you all in a few
Another player who has been Tweeting is Bruce Bowen. He's not a Celtic, but there have been rumors that one way or another he will be a Celtic. I'm not sure how it would happen now with just one spot left and a bigger need for a back up point guard. But, if Danny can pull off a trade and open up another spot, it is a possibility. He could help the Celtics even at 38 years old. He seems like a really great guy off the court. A completely committed dad and family man. Who would have thought that Bruce Bowen would be giving out recipes and cooking advice? Here are some of his recent tweets.
Is enjoying down time with his boys watching Ratatoullie Disney movie.
Watching Lion King with my boys. They've seen this, many times and now they're singing "I just can't wait till I'm King" oh noise to my ears
Vacuming Frosted Flakes in between sofa pillows..........Parenthood is Great!!!!!
If I can't clean up behind my own kids, something is truly wrong with me!
I do understand, but I feel if everyone always dwell on the past, how do we move to the future? Learning from the past is best
Inorder to grow you have to accept what's happened, and then move on! You can't keep saying things that keep you in the past.
Cooking Sunday meal...Grandma style! Slowly cooked Beef Ribs, green beans, rib-eyes, and mac&cheese. Yummy!!!!!!
(apparently in response to someone asking how he makes his macaroni and cheese) milk,cheese,salt pepper,pasta,eggs. Boil your pasta, mix those things then put in oven 45 min at 450 degrees
Has been connecting with my "little" cousin who's a senior in college. She makes me proud to be her big cousin!!
all depends on how much you're making. 12 3/4 in. By 9 would use 1 egg 1/4 cup milk 1/2 stick butter, mix salt pepper cheese
After mixing all the ingredients, make sure it's moist. More tastier that way
You can also find controversy on Twitter when well known reporters make an article from a disgruntled player's Tweets and then finds out that the account wasn't the player in the first place. We all know how that one ends.
Finally, you can also find humor on Twitter as can be seen in this Tweet from Inside Hoops:
In press conf Kevin McHale (disguised as reporter) will reveal Celtics uniform, then run up and clothesline Kurt Rambis