SAN ANTONIO -- After sending out more than a dozen tweets during and after the game as the Los Angeles Lakers played the San Antonio Spurs to open the playoffs Sunday, Kobe Bryant vows he'll keep his 140-character contributions to himself come Game 2 on Wednesday.
"To tweet or not to tweet.. I CHOOSE not 2," Bryant wrote to his more than 2.2 million followers Monday. "Focus should be on the team not my insight. @georgelopez voice 'Can't DO nothin!' #vinospeare"
Bryant's tweets were the last thing Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni wanted to talk about after L.A. lost 91-79 in Game 1.
"It’s great to have that commentary,” D'Antoni said sarcastically before rolling his eyes to the assembled media.
In all, Bryant, who is recovering from the Achilles surgery he underwent last week, sent out 13 tweets during the game and postgame media availability time Sunday. For reference, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose has tweeted eight times to his 870,000-plus followers since the start of the 2012-13 season that he's missed because of an ACL injury.
"He’s a fan right now,” D’Antoni said Sunday. “He’s a fan, and you guys put a little more importance on that kind of fan. But he’s a fan. He gets excited and he wants to be a part of it so that’s good.”
Bryant did not seem too thrilled with D'Antoni's word choice, tweeting, "A fan?? Lol #microphonetalk," and later adding, "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 #fanmamba"
Bryant made it clear he did not want to become a distraction for the No. 7 seeded Lakers as they try to upset the No. 2 seeded Spurs.
"I see my tweeting during the game is being talked about as much as the game itself," Bryant tweeted Sunday. "Not my intention , just bored as I guess #notagain"
He added, "I would but don't want my dudes having distractions plus some writers luv creating controversy so why give them the amo."
Bryant is expected to be out six to nine months while recovering from the Achilles tear in his left leg. He is planning to return for the start of the 2013-14 season, however.
The 17-year veteran has been immobilized at his Newport Beach, Calif., home since the surgery but tweeted earlier last week that he plans to be at Staples Center for Games 3 and 4 against the Spurs when the series shifts to L.A.
“He’d be coaching if he was here,” Lakers guard Steve Blake told reporters after Game 1. “He’d be telling us exactly what to do, when to do it. He’s just trying to stay engaged. He’s a competitor and he wishes he was out there. We all wish he was out there. But unfortunately for us, he’s stuck to being a sideline coach.”