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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Roger Mason: Not The Next Anthony Weiner?

Today NBA Player Union Representative, and part time Knick-guard, Roger Mason Jr. tweeted:

Looking like a season. How u

A few minutes later he followed that up with:

Someone just hacked my account. I did not say its looking like a season!

and

I’m sitting here wondering why my phone is ringing off the hook and I look on twitter and see that message. SMH! I wish that were the case

So either one of two things happened. Option 1: Mason is telling the truth. One of the world’s great hackers decided of all people to target Roger Mason’s twitter account. Not Kobe Bryant, perhaps the most famous of all NBA players world wide, not LeBron James, the greatest player on the planet, and not Chris Bosh, who plays with LeBron. But Roger Mason Jr., who saw 319 minutes of court time last year. And they went after his twitter account, and not his email or banking account. Once gaining such a valuable possession, they decided to tweet something that appeared to be a private message to another NBA player which was accidental revealed to the public.

In fact if I can take Option 1 even further, it’s possible that this person was an owner hoping to weaken the players’ leveraging power by making it appear that one of their members was optimistic about reaching a common ground. Or even more diabolically, it was the commissioner’s office who unleashed such a Machiavellian scheme.

Either that or Option 2: I and 25,000 other people who follow Mason have an inside scoop that the players and the owners are making headway on an agreement and one of the player representatives thinks that a season is likely to occur.

That said, I’m fine without a full investigation into Mason’s Twitter account.

21 comments on “Roger Mason: Not The Next Anthony Weiner?

  1. max fisher-cohen

    They’re supposed to meet possible every day for the rest of the week. They have a gag order, but even without Mason’s tweet, it’s hard to see that as anything but a sign that they’re nearing an agreement. That said, this is the icing, and I’m glad to see it.

  2. Jim Cavan (@JPCavan)

    http://www.slcdunk.com/2011/9/7/2411440/roger-mason-jr-and-the-case-of-40404-not-found

    CSI: Lockout!

    I think this guy posits the most likely scenario: That Mason got a direct message, and accidentally responded to everyone (hence the personal “How u”). If that’s the case, well, that’d be swell.

    Also, with tweets like this, it really seems like he’s overcompensating in the other direction:

    @MoneyMase: Tomorrow we have more meetings. I’m hoping there is progress. Today’s meetings did nothing 2 make me more optimistic.

  3. iserp

    ROFL, every time a basketball player tells that his twitter account has been hacked, you know it is a lie. It’s funny how such a direct communication with the players gives you so much insight in the foolishness of certain players (not that this tweet was stupid, just inopportune, but look at Arenas twitter and you know about what i am talking about)

  4. Adam L

    Isn’t it possible he was responding to a question, such as, “how much time do you think we’re going to miss”? It was obviously supposed to be a personal message to someone since he asked “how u”?

  5. John Kenney

    I agree with everyone it was probably a dm. However, I don’t think it’s THAT much of a stretch that someone would choose Mason Jr if they were gonna hack a player. Kobe only had a twitter for a short while, but let’s imagine he’s had one forever. Would someone trying to send out that message hack kobe’s twitter or DFish’s? (Main player rep.) It’s not that weird that, if someone wanted to send out that message, they’d choose a player rep.

    Although the whole scenario is unlikely.

    Also, saw KG last night, and was just amazed again how tall he is. He walked in wearing a hoodie and sunglasses, as if to say “you know I’m a bball player, but I’m gonna try to hide which one” haha.

  6. Spree8nyk8

    shun the sheridan nonbelievers :) i’ll be very happy if there is a season and under no circumstance would i want to miss even part of the season, but is there any team that missing this season helps more than the knicks?

    ps, i threw my keyboard yesterday and broke the left shift button. never realized exactly how crucial that button was until now.

  7. taggart4800

    I am looking forward to the season starting mainly because I can’t wait to see ‘Melo looking perplexed on the sidelines. ‘How can a 6′ 10” lumbering white guy, from Kentucky, hunts and owns a pair of Jean Shorts get more love from the crowd than me?’. Let me fill you in Mr.Anthony, for the same reason we loved Oakley and more recently Mozgov, we collectively knew that despite his ability he had given everything he could by the time he left the floor and the odd faux pas only makes them more endearing.
    seriously cannot wait to see this guy in a Knick uniform, somewhat of a folk hero in the making. I love him already and he hasn’t even thrown a ball into Chris Bosh’s chest!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdJ-a-dxQ38&feature=player_embedded

  8. BigBlueAL

    taggart4800:
    I am looking forward to the season starting mainly because I can’t wait to see ‘Melo looking perplexed on the sidelines. ‘How can a 6? 10” lumbering white guy, from Kentucky, hunts and owns a pair of Jean Shorts get more love from the crowd than me?’. Let me fill you in Mr.Anthony, for the same reason we loved Oakley and more recently Mozgov, we collectively knew that despite his ability he had given everything he could by the time he left the floor and the odd faux pas only makes them more endearing.seriously cannot wait to see this guy in a Knick uniform, somewhat of a folk hero in the making. I love him already and he hasn’t even thrown a ball into Chris Bosh’s chest!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdJ-a-dxQ38&feature=player_embedded

    Melo may not be popular here but he is probably the most popular Knick with the majority of the fans already, even more so than Stat. I dont see the MSG crowd turning on him anytime soon.

  9. taggart4800

    Admittedly it wasn’t a fine piece of posting, however I was not trying to knock on Melo. I had however got a little over enthusiastic about the prospect of Josh Harrelson. I just find his whole persona entertaining, the Jorts nickname and the big heart.
    My point was really meant to be that I can envisage him fast becoming a fan favorite because of this.
    Inadvertently I suppose I can concede there was a veiled dig at ‘Melo, but not his popularity. My knock on ‘Melo was perhaps that the desire and selflessness that I hope is brought by Josh Harrelson, does not come naturally to ‘Melo. This however is often the case, role players are successful because they have the freedom to play in such a manner whereas stars cannot play with the same abandon.
    Unfortunately I have a pre conceived opinion of ‘Melo’s character, likely to be entirely inaccurate, that he expects to be revered by the fans for dropping 50 even if we only win by 1.
    We as Knick fans however tend to appreciate more, the efforts of a player that gives absolutely everything even if we lose.
    Not a Hater, just over excited at the prospect of the lockout ending.

  10. Z-man

    I love the thought of Jorts as well, but not many guys drafted at 45 stick around in the NBA. I do have a good feeling about him, though. If he can be a poor man’s Kevin Love, that would be cool.

  11. Z-man

    Can’t wait to get some news about the Vegas league tomorrow, especially about Iman and Jorts, but the other guys as well.

  12. Z-man

    Here are some notes from vegas posted by YuckFou from P&T, sounds encouraging:

    http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2011/9/12/2420250/team-d-is-your-new-favorite-basketball-team#comments

    “There were only five players on each side so no substitutions. Four ten minute quarters with a five minute halftime. There were maybe 200 people in attendance so I could move around to the D-Bags half of the court and sat maybe 10 feet from the action.
    In the first 3 minutes Shumpy stole the ball, got a couple of rebounds and missed a wide open 3. After that he made at least 5 threes in a row, mostly from the right corner. Stole the ball a couple more times got at least 6 assists and made a nifty off balance put back on an offensive rebound. He also made a few two pointers and I only counted 2 misses. I’n not sure what the official box score will look like but he scored at least 20 points by my unofficial count.
    My cellphone went off with about 2 minutes to go so I had to get to someplace quiet and missed the final two minutes of action but by that time the Bags were down by about 10. I’m not sure if they won or not, but I think they probably lost.
    Shumpy pretty much stayed on the outside for most of the game.
    Anyway my overall impression was of a guy who lets the game come to him, didn’t force up any bad shots, and if given a sliver of space will burn you. He’s got a nice stroke.
    Jorts was not in attendance and since there was no program I am not sure who anyone else was except for Corey Magette. From what saw I think we can be encouraged.”

  13. spydermaan

    Great stuff Z, now where his Ted, I need some Advanced stats on his shot selection, synergy isnt giving me anything, anyhow I’m really impressed with the six rebounds, we already know he’s the cookie monster so those steals are a given and with the by-product of D’antoni’s offense being three pointers on steroids I’m sure he is destined to improve, the rebounds are great, now we have a chance to fix one of our major problems, now we’ll have MELO, Stat and Shumps committed to doing this and if CP3 comes to town, OMG I’m sorry but it will be over for the East, the line up will be on steroids as well. I think we have found our Lmar Odom, our hardworking slasher who can play three positions and is a double double threat every night, Donnie does it again. Great job guys, now I’m excited for the season and yes there will be one. Roger Mason our part time guard just told us all hahahaha. Gotta get my hands on those season tickets before stub hub rapes my pay check later on. Hacked??? Gimme a break, I wander how many celebrities say this weekly, hacked?? they don’t even know what it means smh

  14. spydermaan

    Oh ma bad on ma previous comment, twitter is blowing up once again and it looks like the owners are fighting against each other and the owners want non-guaranteed contracts. On the plus side this is good for my Knicks, the faster we get to Jun 2012 the better. Back the fantasy football.

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