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Former “Showtime” Laker and NBA head coach Kurt Rambis is embracing his role as ESPN NBA studio analyst, but there’s still a lot to learn.
Like this Twitter thing.
Kurt recently joined Twitter and is having a blast interacting with his followers and expressing his unique insights in 140 characters or less.
Front Row had the chance to catch up with Rambis and he shares his thoughts on being part of the Twitterverse.
ESPN airs tonight’s Los Angeles Lakers-Denver Nuggets showdown at 10:30 p.m. ET, following two more games from the Big East/SEC Challenge at 6:30 (Tennessee/Georgetown) and 8:30 (Syracuse/Arkansas).
Twitter handle: @KRambis
Following: 93 (as of 11/30/2012)
*As of 11/30/12
In what ways has Twitter affected your job as an ESPN NBA analyst?
I’m always mindful that whatever I’m analyzing on ESPN, I need to figure out how to convey it to my Twitter followers in 140 characters. I love reading fan tweets about what’s on their minds because it really allows me to discuss topics and add perspective to subjects fans want to hear about.
What has been your most memorable exchange with a fan, colleague or athlete on Twitter?
Honestly, I can’t help but laugh every time I check incoming tweets. It might be the highlight of my day and I’ve got some pretty hilarious followers. The most memorable Twitter exchange was when Magic [Johnson, Rambis' former Lakers teammate and current ESPN colleague] responded to one of my first tweets and I could see the instant responses. It gave me a real sense of how immediate everything happens on Twitter.
What do you hope your followers take away from following you on Twitter?
I hope they get to know the post 80’s, non-glasses, mustache or mullet wearing me, and at the same time learn some more about the game of basketball from someone who has played and coached in the NBA.
Who are some interesting people who follow you?
I have to say that the most interesting person who follows me is my wife Linda Rambis (@LRambis). Also, @MagicJohnson, @SteveNash, @JeanieBuss, @PhoenixSuns all follow me. I’m still waiting on Justin Bieber to jump on board!
Who is your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
I have a few accounts that I enjoy following like @NotBillWalton, @RickaFox, @SpikeLee and Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) to name a few.