Tonight, the 2014-2015 @NBA season tips off with three games, including two big matchups on @NBAonTNT. While Twitter was your home to the #NBA news all offseason, now turn to Twitter for everything that transpires on and off the court this season.
And in case you missed it, the @NBA announced this summer that their Twitter handle will appear under the “Official Game Ball” wording on all league basketballs:
Join the hoops conversation
The best way to stay connected is to follow @NBA for highlights, score updates, live-Tweeting of all games, analysis and behind-the-scenes photos and videos. You can dive into the conversation by using the #NBA and #EverybodyUp hashtags.
You can find all of the @NBA teams on Twitter here. All season long, each team will use a team-specific hashtag (or two) in a majority of their Tweets as a rallying cry for fans. You can find your favorite team’s hashtag in this Vine video from the NBA:
You can find many @NBA players on Twitter, like LeBron James (@KingJames), Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5), and Kobe Bryant (@KobeBryant). Tony Parker (@TonyParker) and Chandler Parsons (@ChandlerParsons) are ready to play tonight:
While most teams do not have a game tonight, all 30 are ready to begin the season:
Follow @NBA official broadcasters
This season, the NBA returns to TNT (@NBAonTNT), ESPN (@ESPNNBA; @ESPN; and @Sportscenter) and NBA TV (@NBATV). Make sure to follow Twitter alongside each live broadcast and turn to each handle between games for the latest NBA news.
Most-followed and most-mentioned NBA teams and players
If it were solely decided by a team’s followers on Twitter, here’s how the top @NBA teams would fare this season:
The NBA features a ton of big time stars to follow on Twitter. Here are the most-followed @NBA players:
From big free agent signings to significant injuries and the @FIBA World Cup, NBA fans, media outlets and the players themselves turned to Twitter to discuss the NBA this offseason.
Unfortunately, a few superstars were discussed a lot on Twitter this offseason due to injuries, such as Paul George (@Yg_Trece ) of the @Pacers and Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) of the @OKCThunder. George will likely miss the entire season after suffering a horrific leg injury in early August while training with @USABasketball:
Both the @Pacers and George had a message for fans and media on Twitter:
@KDTrey5 recently had surgery for a right foot fracture and will be re-evaluated in six weeks. He let all of his fans on Twitter know he is doing well:
Kobe Bryant (@KobeBryant) of the @Lakers and Derrick Rose (@Drose) of the @Bulls both return from season-ending injuries last season. They join James, George, Durant and Love as the most mentioned @NBA players during the off-season (since July 1):
And these were the most mentioned @NBA teams during the off-season (since July 1):