NEW ORLEANS – (Staff report by @DigSportsDesk) – We’ve broken ground in 2017 with “Must Follows” in Sports Business, Sports Tech, and the NFL so the trend will continue as the NBA is about to tip-off its annual All-Star Weekend, a convention for basketball lovers like none-other. We took a look at many of the hundreds of NBA-related twitter feeds and underlined the 50 below. The easiest way to follow them, it to go to our “LIST” at DiggiesNBA2017 – with a note that we might add (or subtract) a few.
NBA – @NBA – The official league account is always a good place to start and the NBA’s is extremely active. Together with the league app which provides tune-in alerts and other newsworthy inbound info, it is a must follow.
NBA Official – @NBAOfficial – The league’s link to its officiating announcements, rule clarifications and other game-related announcements. Worth a follow if only to annoy the heck out of you with the last two minute reports.
NBA All-Star – @NBAAllStar – For this week and this week only, this account is worth a follow
NBA Draft – @NBADraft – Looking towards the 2017 NBA Draft, this account will provide basic information from the league.
NBA History – @NBAHistory – Every now and then, you have to look backwards in order to move forward and the NBA History account proves worthy of a follow to learn about the past history of the game.
NBA Referees – @OfficialNBARefs – Like it or not, the refs play a part in the sports of basketball more than most other sports (think figure skating). This account provides some insight.
NBA Players Association – @NBPA – An account often dedicated to telling you things about the NBA players, both on and off the court. In February, it’s been a wonderful source of Black History Month tidbits. Good follow.
NBA Players Assn. President Chris Paul – @CP3 – Good guy, good follow. That simple. Our list is not chock-full of NBA player accounts but CP3 reps just a few on the business side.
NBA Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts – @MRobertsNBPA – Active account with no nonsense approach. If you follow the NBA, check this feed.
NBA on ESPN – @ESPNNBA – The official account of the NBA on ESPN (and ABC, to some extent) which funnels information on tv match-ups and some news from the legion of ESPN reporters
NBA on TNT – @NBAonTNT – The crew at Turner has a lot of time on their hands and they post the GIFs to prove it. A worthwhile follow if not only to get a laugh on the expense of Charles and Kenny Smith.
NBA TV – @NBATV – Official account of the league’s cable tv channel, an extension of Turner’s NBA empire for sure.
Ernie Johnson – @TurnerSportsEJ – The anchor of the Emmy Award winning NBA wrap-around show on TNT. Best guy in the biz.
Jalen Rose – @JalenRose – A million-seven followers of NBA on ESPN are entertained by Jalen’s active account. Keepin’ on it.
Kenny Smith – @TheJetonTNT – Proud member of the Ernie Johnson Jr. Show on TNT, and often tweets a must-see from TNTs Inside the NBA.
Awful Announcing – @AwfulAnnouncing – To keep an eye on the people above!
Jonathan Abrams – jpdabrams – Longtime NBA writer now doing long-form features for Bleacher Report. His recent piece on a squashed Magic vs. Michael PPV game worthy of looks.
J.A. Adande – @jadande – Veteran NBA reporter, now teaching at Northwestern U. too, keeps people updated on NBA goings-on. Some interesting RTs too.
David Aldridge – @daldridgetnt – Another veteran NBA reporter who was schooled in print with Bird-Magic-MJ and now does sideline for TNT and tons for NBA (dot) com too. Enjoy his non-NBA stuff with all.
Sam Amick – @sam_amick – NBA Insider for USA Today who also does an NBA podcast entitled NBA A-to-Z
Howard Beck – @HowardBeck – Another old-schooler who covered LA Lakers and did the NYT thing, now one of Bleacher Reports very best. Be forewarned, some political zingers will be coming your way.
Steve Bulpett – @SteveBHoop – Steve be covering for the Boston Herald since the ‘80s and has the Celtics’ tweets coming your way, as well as general NBA coverage.
Tim Bontemps – @timbontemps – Former NYP beat guy, now with the Washington Post. Good follow on all things NBA.
Steve Aschburner – @AschNBA – Senior writer for NBA (dot) com who was covering the NBA from Minnesota when KG21 was in high school. Fair amount of NBA(dot) com and NBA TV RTs
Sean Deveney – @SeanDeveney – Veteran scribe with The Sporting News with strong sense of NBA perspective
Frank Isola – @IsolaNYDN – A writer/reporter from the NY Daily News, while frequent Sirius XM NBA Radio host and one of the more entertaining humorists on the job.
Michael Lee – @MrMichaelLee – A senior writer for the ever-expanding “The Vertical” and Yahoo Sports who has earned some NBA miles over his career.
Zach Lowe – @ZachLowe_NBA – Former Grantland guy who is now a senior writer at ESPN, he also does his “Lowe Post” podcast with media guests and insight.
Brian Mahoney – @brianmahoney – The Associated Press national NBA writer who has a beat on the NYK and Brooklyn Nets but also covers the NBA and USA Basketball extensively.
Chris Mannix – @ChrisMannixYS – Once a reporter for Sports Illustrated, Chris is now part of the growing “Vertical” empire. He covers the NBA with a slight New England influence via his work for Comcast SportsNet NE, the Celtics home broadcaster.
Josh Robbins – @JoshuaBRobbins – NBA and Orlando Magic reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, as well as prez of Pro Basketball Writers.
Ed Sefko – @ESefko – Covers the NBA via the Dallas Mavericks and hits the twitter feed with some gems, like bidding Auburn Hills good-bye (forever?).
Sekou Smith – @SekouSmithNBA – Cut his NBA teeth in Grand Rapids, now in ATL and covering the NBA for NBA (dot) com and NBA TV. Good stuff here.
Marc Spears – @MarcJSpearsESPN – From Denver to Boston to Yahoo to ESPN, one of the reporters who feels the lifeblood of the NBA. Good follow, good people.
Marc Stein – @ESPNSteinLine – Breaks some news, compiles power rankings, covers the NBA (forver, it seems) but also tosses some @ManCity in there.
Mike Wilbon – @RealMikeWilbon – Repoter and columnist turned NBA tv maven and Pardon the Interruption star. Great NBA insight and perspective.
Brian Windhorst – @WindhorstESPN – Broke into the NBA as the guy who covered Lebron in HS, now has become one of best reporters, news gatherers in NBAdom.
NBA Sports Biz:
Scott Soshnick – @Soshnick – Has covered the NBA, its teams and business for Bloomberg since the League was worth about $1.50 and now Billion$. On the biz, he’s a story-breaker.
Ben Cohen – @bzcohen – Sports and sports biz from the pages of the Wall Street Journal. Not sure if he can print the word “lie” or not.
SBJ/SBD – @sbjsbd – NBA biz reporter John Lombardo isn’t a twitter guy, but the SBJ pushes a ton of great NBA-related business information. Must follow, all sports.
Some others to mix it up:
Earvin “Magic” Johnson – @MagicJohnson – Just because.
Lebron James – @KingJames – Because II
Mark Cuban – @mcuban – Because III
Basketball Reference – @Bball_Ref – Great stats and insight.
USA Basketball – @usabasketball – Always good to keep an eye on what USA Basketball is up to, even in non-Olympic years.
Terry Lyons – @terrylyons – Someone has to put this list together, right? Plus, about 30 years of NBA perspective. Now @DigSportsDesk
Rachel Nichols – @Rachel_Nichols – Host of ESPN’s The Jump.
Ric Bucher – @RicBucher – Host of many a Satellite radio show, does some sideline work and possesses entertaining media chops from years in the Bay Area hoops scene
Adrian Wojnarowski – @WojVerticalNBA – News-breaking machine that has built a new brand in NBA mediadom, “The Vertical.” Podcast listens a must, too.
Slam – @SLAMonline – They say it, so we’ll say it – the Basketball Bible.
Nike Basketball – @nikebasketball – They pay the bills.