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Lakers don't think Kobe's tweets were distraction

Tuesday - 4/23/2013, 6:45pm  ET

San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (9), of France, asks an official for a goaltending call during the first half of Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff basketball series against the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The Los Angeles Lakers have battled injuries, turmoil and lofty expectations under a heavy spotlight all season, so excuse them if they roll their eyes over the attention given to Kobe Bryant's tweets.

Bryant tweeted throughout the Lakers' loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. Bryant, out for the season with a torn Achilles, critiqued his team's offense on his Twitter account while watching the national broadcast Sunday afternoon.

Bryant will no longer tweet during games, saying he doesn't want to be a distraction -- but was he?

"Absolutely not. I'm a distraction," Metta World Peace said. "I'm much more of a distraction than Kobe is."

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