Smith: NBA Players & Twitter. Is it Legit?
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Originally Posted by Doug Smith
Oh, right, Hedo and some tweet or something.

Got a question in the comments section yesterday about some bogus twitter thing allegedly from Hedo about an injury and it was debunked within seconds.

But it brings up an interesting point in these new, often strange, communications times.

What’s legit?

This wasn’t, no question about it, and while some are, the fact there could be doubt about every posted has to be troubling, no?

For instance, what if messages allegedly sent by athletes is in fact sent by friends, or cohorts, or business managers, or family members? I remember the day of the Jarrett Jack news conference getting a tweet from Chris Bosh about how glad he was Jack was here or something. Funny thing was, the buzz on the cellphone that I looked at immediately, came while I was standing not 15 feet away from Chris as he was being interviewed live on RaptorsTV.

Maybe there was a lag of four or five minutes; maybe someone with his texting device was speaking for him.

Does that matter?

There’s often nothing nefarious about these little messages – mostly they are entirely stupor-inducing – but if there’s a question about the legitimacy of one like the Turkoglu thing yesterday, shouldn’t there be questions about the legitimacy of all?

Just wondering.
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