Orlando teen used Twitter to toy with NBA fans
Anyone who follows the NBA knows the name Adrian Wojnarowski (NBA insider for Yahoo! Sports). He’s the man when it comes to NBA news leaks and rumors, and he’s a much more satisfying follow, especially on Twitter, than commentators like Chris Broussard (who, if you type his name into Twitter’s search engine, it autocompletes “Chris Broussard unreliable”). Affectionately known as “Woj,” Wojnarowski’s Twitter handle is @WojYahooNBA, a verified account with 655,000 followers. Woj has many imitators out in the world; some are trying to gain a following for their own NBA rumor mills and others are pranksters poking fun at Woj, his following or probably both, and the latest Twitter account to pursue the latter was started by two teens – @blockedbyp14 (17-year-old Carl from Orlando) and @marty_voisin (a 19-year-old from Miami) – under the handle @WojoYahooNBA.
SB Nation posted an interview with the teens after the account successfully fooled NBA fans and qualified sportswriters with a false tip regarding free agent (and exciting basketballer) Luol Deng signing with the Los Angeles Clippers (a stunning development, if it were only true) and the teens’ Twitter tease was halted by the social network catching onto their game and shutting it down. (Fun fact: They got locked out of their account on the same day as the 2011 NBA Lockout started, July 1, WHAT DOES IT MEAN?? Nothing.) They began the account just for kicks, aware that the NBA Draft had fans glued to Twitter for trade gossip. They told SB Nation: “We knew if someone big RT’ed one of those tweets, we’d fake out a ton of fans. That’s exactly what happened too. Didn’t take very long to get those ‘OH MY GOODNESS’ tweets.”
It wasn’t their intention to actually pull one over on sports reporters on the draft grind, but that’s exactly what happened. They apologized in the interview, respectfully, “We did want the tweets to blow up all over twitter, and people fell for it. It was meant to be funny, and it didn’t look like many fans took it too hard. We got a few RT’s from some established NBA writers, and we didn’t mean for it to get that out of hand because I know they don’t have time for those fake tweets.”
Seems like a good-natured prank to us. Meanwhile, in serious basketball developments, the NBA Draft allowed the Orlando Magic to continue pulling in rookie talent in Aaron Gordon (forward) and Elfrid Payton (point guard). They traded away Arron Afflalo, though, and waived 10-year Magic vet Jameer Nelson (we were kind of holding out that the rumor about Nelson was a cruel joke, considering how badly he wanted to stay). Just for fun, here’s a highlight reel from 2013 when Nelson put up 32 points against Deng’s Chicago Bulls.