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Twitter helps Thunder develop strong bond

by Jenni Carlson Published: September 29, 2009
Scott Brooks wants his team to work on building chemistry when training camp opens today.

Lucky for the Thunder coach, his players already have a jump on that.

Thanks to Twitter.

The social networking site has become all the rage among tech-savvy young professionals, which pretty much describes the core group on this Thunder squad. They are certainly young, and they have more gadgets than an Apple Store.

Heck, Jeff Green lost his cell phone a couple days ago and felt like he fell off the face of the earth.

The Thunder forward said so on his Twitter account.

Green is the latest player to join the craze, jumping on board only after Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook made an account for him.

"I wouldn’t get on it,” Green said Monday during Thunder media day. "I really wasn’t a fan.

"Now that I’m on it, it’s kind of addicting.”

As the NBA prepares to announce guidelines for players, coaches and team officials who use Twitter and other social networking sites, the Thunder will be paying close attention. The league is expected to adopt a policy that is less stringent than that of the NFL, which prohibits social media use from 90 minutes before kickoff until the post-game access period for media interviews is finished.

Comments made on Twitter, Facebook and the like will be treated like those made in more traditional media. That means they’ll be subject to fines or other sanctions.

That doesn’t worry Thunder rookie James Harden.

"I make sure I read before I twitter,” he said.

It’s hard to believe that some player at some point won’t get in trouble for one of their tweets. For the Thunder’s youngsters — Durant, Green, Westbrook and Harden — Twitter looks to have taken the place of e-mail and text messages.

There’s a lot of back and forth, a bunch of give and take.

That unfiltered information is one of the things that makes twittering great, but it can also cause headaches.

This summer, when yours truly had some fun with Thunder forward Nick Collison’s tweets about Seattle and Oklahoma City, some saw his comments as anything but fun.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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