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Kendall Marshall begs for Twitter follow from Kobe Bryant

Kendall Marshall

Phoenix Suns’ Kendall Marshall during Phoenix Suns NBA basketball media day on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Ross D. Franklin

How many Twitter followers do you have?

Admit it. You know the answer. Maybe not exact number, but a ballpark figure. You want to know how many people care about your thoughts.

NBA players are no different.

Kendall Marshall told Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times he gained 8,000 to 9,000 followers after scoring 20 points on 12 shots and dishing 15 assists in his first Lakers start, a win over the Jazz on Friday. Obviously, to get that follower number, Marshall – whose follower count was more than 164,000 as of this writing – had to know how many followers he had before the impressive start.

As much as Marshall is on top of his follower count, he seems particularly concerned about one particular Twitter user:

Bad news for Marshall. An hour before that tweet, Kobe tweeted:

If Marshall saw that tweet and was just trying to be funny, well done. Way to seize an opportunity (metaphor).

If not, the Lakers’ new point guard better not hold his breath. Sure, he has everyone buzzing about his breakout game, and Mike D’Antoni even compared Marshall to another replacement-turned star at the position:

But those types of flashes in the pan don’t get you on Kobe’s radar.