The Philadelphia 76ers are heading to the second round of the NBA playoffs, although with a banged-up MVP candidate in Joel Embiid, so you would imagine the team’s President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey would be focused on his squad and their postseason run. But Morey apparently still has time to fire off tweets that set NBA Twitter on fire, and might wind up getting him in trouble.
Morey tweeted on Thursday afternoon in which he took a screenshot of Golden State’s Warriors superstar Steph Curry’s Instagram, in which Curry applauded his brother and Sixers guard Seth Curry for his 30-point performance in game five, and captioned it “join ’em”.
And of course, Morey needed to backtrack.
His backtrack might seem more reasonable if it came like 40 minutes after the initial post, maybe where he checks his phone and realizes his words have been misbelieved. The fact that he immediately sent the second tweet makes it feel like he knew how people would interpret his message and was lying in wait.
But who knows?
It would also be one thing if Morey was someone else, and not a guy with a history of tampering fines.
Back in late December, when the Sixers were in the thick of pursuing a James Harden trade with the Houston Rockets, Morey sent out a tweet about one of Harden’s best games with Houston, appearing as an automated tweet from a Twitter time capsule service.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported at the time that Morey told the NBA it was an automated tweet and an “inadvertent post”, but it’s not clear whether that was true.
In any case, Morey clearly has a bit of relationship with the league’s decision makers already, thanks in part to the fact that he’s more active online than basically any other front office member in the NBA.
I personally love it and think it’s good for the game, but some people hate it. I’ll tell you, that Morey loves doing it, and it’s just Morey being Morey.