Players who “tweet” give fans and media alike a unique window into their everyday routines. Furthermore, they are all given an opportunity to interact with athletes like never before.
While some athletes may not “tweet” often, if at all, there are others who make it a priority to respond to fans on a daily basis, and as a result, see a rapid increase in their fan base.
C.J. Watson, a once little-known NBA backup guard (who recently signed with the Bulls), arguably is involved with his “followers” on Twitter more than any other athlete in all of sports, constantly maintaining conversation. As a result, his Twitter account has amassed over 300,000 followers (or fans, as one might see it).
In the dog days of summer (and the NBA offseason) many of the recent additions to the Knicks have taken to Twitter (and the online world of social media as a whole) in order to help their newest fans get to know them even more.
Amare Stoudemire, the Knicks’ lone star-studded signing this offseason, has stayed connected with fans from the moment he touched down in New York (quite literally).
Whether it be to check out how long it took Amare to prepare for the ESPY’s, or what he did during his spiritual trip to Israel, fans are normally given access to whatever he may have going on.
To keep things fresh, Stoudemire has organized multiple trivia challenges in which his followers can engage and compete in over Twitter. One grand prize winner was even awarded an Amare Stoudemire-customized PlayStation 3 console during one of the contests.
Ronny TuriafFollow @RonnyTuriaf14
While he may not have the star status of Stoudemire, Turiaf has quickly become one of the most popular Knicks because of his activity on Twitter.
Turiaf’s incredibly animated nature off the court makes fans instantly comfortable with the intimidating shot blocker.
When he’s not working out with his new teammates, Turiaf can be found cheering at Red Bulls soccer games or chatting it up with fans about his favorite comedy movies (in case you were wondering, “Dumb and Dumber” tops his list) on Twitter.
Most recently, Turiaf has been bouncing around ideas with fans regarding a new potential website where Knicks fans can go to collaborate and think of new in-game traditions to get the home crowd hyped.
Roger Mason Jr.
Mason Jr. certainly saw an increase in followers when it was announced he would be joining the Knicks next season.
Showered with well wishes from an abundance of faithful Spurs fans, in addition to welcome messages from Knicks fans, Mason Jr. has interacted with many of them over the last couple of weeks.
Known to reach out to fans about something as simple as local suggestions for dinner, Mason actually first announced that he would likely be signing with the Knicks during a YouTube video.
Having entered a big market like New York, there’s no doubt his fanfare will continue to grow the more he interacts.
Like Stoudemire, Azubuike was also in touch with his fans quickly after becoming a Knick.
Since posting his immediate (positive) reaction to the trade that brought Anthony Randolph, Turiaf and himself to New York, Azubuike has been embracing Knicks fans via Twitter.
While growing accustomed to the New York area, Azubuike appeared pleasantly overwhelmed when he recently received over 40 instant suggestions advising him where to eat dinner in the city.
Fields was a somewhat unknown prospect when the Knicks selected him with the 39th overall pick in the NBA Draft.
Since then, his stock has risen and popularity has grown as a result of an impressive showing in summer league.
His activity on Twitter can only help his popularity. Fields has begun to interact with his followers, providing welcoming responses.
Most recently, Fields tweeted that he is hard at work with his new Knicks teammates, preparing for the upcoming season.
Perhaps not the most active "tweeter" on the Knicks squad, Gallinari is still undoubtedly one of the most popular, with over 13,000 followers.
When he does tweet, Gallinari often responds in Italian, his native language. However, he recently acknowledged his summertime involvement with "Basketball Without Borders."
Video clips providing footage of Gallinari's hard work with BWB are also scattered across the web.