Few of us think before we Tweet. The beauty of Twitter is that thought is not required. Crank it out, send it and move on. You'd have to be really hard up to put a Tweet in your resume.
Kobe Bryant has every right to Tweet that: "On this day 18 years ago the Hornets told me that they had no use for me and were going to trade me."
The problem with the Tweet is not that it's thoughtless. The problem is that it's not true.
Thousands of Charlotteans for some reason cling to the idea that Kobe was once Hornet. They probably believe Shabazz Napier was, too.
The Hornets cut a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers before the draft.
LAKERS: We'll give you a genuine center, albeit one that smokes, nice guy, Vlade Divac, if with the 13th pick in the 1996 draft you take a high school kid from the suburbs of Philadelphia named after a Japanese steakhouse.
The deal was done before the draft. The Hornets selected Kobe only because they promised the Lakers they would.
Yet the biggest sports myth in Charlotte history is that Kobe once was a Hornet. No matter how many times the myth is refuted by the people that were there, it lives. It's like a blob (not blog).
Now Kobe has given more life to the blob that will not die and given the gullible a reason to believe. The problem with the gullible is that most have access to email and telephones, and know how to use them.
Maybe Kobe was disheartended by the U.S. World Cup loss. Maybe he was bored.
More likely, now that his basketball career is close to ending, he wanted attention.
Twitter is good for that.