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Twitter Use By NBA Players: It's A Good Thing

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Jared Dudley's tweets are very interesting.

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He is one of the most outspoken athletes on Twitter, using the platform to (incorrectly) break news about LeBron's new team, discuss the plethora of forwards currently on the Phoenix roster, and to jokingly inquire about a contract extension with the Boston Celtics.

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Personally, I think his tweets are good-natured and an insight for the average fan into the mind of an athlete they watch play 82 times a year. Does the usage of Twitter bode well for athletes, or will there be negative consequences for those who say too much?

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Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings was reprimanded earlier this season for tweeting "during" a basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, being fined $7,500 by the NBA.

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That scenario is not unique: as Twitter becomes ubiquitous, it is now easy to access our favorite players. They must enjoy the attention, as we all would. This is the first time in history that the average NBA player could have his voice heard by his fans, who can actually get to know the guy as a person rather than solely as a number and a stat line.

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Do I think Jared Dudley should tone down his tweets? Not really. As long as he minds what he says, I will take it as free entertainment from a public figure.