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Kobe Bryant changes Twitter avatar, likely in response to critics

Oct 19, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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Kobe Bryant changed the avatar on his Twitter account Friday to “1225,” and while we could speculate on whether or not that means he’s targeting a return date of Christmas Day against the Miami Heat from his torn Achilles injury, the reality is it was likely done as a personal motivational tactic.

ESPN ranked all of the players in the league from 1-500, an exercise in futility that is arbitrary at best and, like anything involving opinions, clouded by personal biases. But it does generate a buzz of fan discussion in the weeks leading up to the start of the season, and coming from the Worldwide Leader, it garners plenty of attention from the players themselves.

Bryant was ranked 25th, after finishing 12th in the voting last season. It’s a precipitous drop, considering what Bryant is capable of when healthy. But with his return date from injury an unknown, along with just how close to his old self Bryant will be once he does make it back, it’s at least somewhat understandable.

The Lakers as a team were picked by ESPN experts to finish 12th in the Western Conference out of 15 teams, likely due to the same uncertainty that surrounds Bryant’s return.

So, 12 for the prediction on the Lakers, 25 for the ESPN individual player ranking. That seems like more than a reasonable educated guess as to the meaning behind Bryant’s avatar change, along with some insight into part of his personal motivation to prove the doubters wrong during the upcoming season.

  1. rodge1 - Oct 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    12th best player in LA and 25th best player in California.

    • cbking05 - Oct 19, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Funny

    • ethanm24 - Oct 19, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      You are an imbecile, along with the 12 morons that liked your idiotic post

      • ProBasketballPundit - Oct 19, 2013 at 10:49 PM

        It’s a joke, you are the moron for taking it seriously.

  2. provguard - Oct 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    That may be the turning point to everyone loving the mighty Kobe…. Yeah, right!!!

  3. Wammy Giveaway - Oct 19, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    A very ironic statement. Put the rankings together, and you could have an exact date of Kobe’s return to playing in the NBA. But it’s not the only thing that could happen on Christmas Day.

    I’ll keep an eye on this.

  4. antistratfordian - Oct 19, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Kobe has been letting ESPN’s rankings bother him for years now. Some fans out there might think that Kobe is a dude who just doesn’t care what people think of him…. that couldn’t be further from the truth… it’s the exact opposite actually.

    • musician0785 - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      there’s a big difference between caring about what others say, and using what others say as motivation, but once again all you do is kobe bash so im not shocked that you would make this moronic statement.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 20, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        you’re too sensitive. there’s no “bashing” here.

  5. sampulls - Oct 19, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Kobe is such an ego.

    • jpstyles314 - Oct 20, 2013 at 4:28 AM

      Is it ego, or determination?

  6. scbaby2013 - Oct 19, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Hope Kobe comes back healthy soon

  7. losanginsight - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    The all knowing critics picked The Lakers to beat the heart last season. Go figure.

  8. lakerade - Oct 20, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    No it means this:
    1 – Kobe used to win alone.
    2 – won as a duo w Shaq.
    2 – won in partnership w Pau.
    5 – the next one will take all five players on the court.

    Hype hype hype hype hype hype xmasday hype hype hype.

  9. harshedmellow - Oct 20, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    Kobe is way, way lower than 25th in any rational ranking of NBA players in 2013. He’s a cripple! Useless. Overpaid. Baggage.

    Lakers should have amnestied his mamba ass.

  10. uncleanesthesia - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Kobe and Lakers fans are the worst in sports.

  11. kobeisabitchyoutube - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    “why did kobe change his twitter avatar?” are you effin kidding me that this is news!? LMFAO

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