Shabazz Napier doesn't really deal with his Twitter account. Others handle @shabazznapier for the stylish and national championship-winning point guard. Napier is more of an Instagram kind of guy. Therefore, the Miami Heat rookie isn't sure what to make of the story that his Twitter account unfollowed LeBron James, a social media diss that generated interest in recent days.
The former University of Connecticut isn't even sure why his account followed the former Heat star and now Cleveland Cavalier hero in the first place.
"I don't follow people I don't know personally," Napier told CSNwashington.com following Miami's loss to the Washington Wizards' summer league team on Tuesday.
"I don't know how that happened, me unfollowed (him) or how I unfollowed him. I'm on my Instagram more than my Twitter so I don't know how that occurred."
We do know how the college star and the NBA's best player became connected.
Napier garnered massive attention as he led Connecticut to the Final Four and eventually the 2014 national title. James took notice.
No way u take another PG in the lottery before Napier.— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 8, 2014
On the day of the NBA Draft, James once again tossed out some social media love Napier's way.
My favorite player in the draft! #Napier— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 27, 2014
Miami ultimately made a draft day trade for Napier. How much influence James had in the transaction is unclear, but it cannot be a coincidence, right?
"I don't think he ever said that's the guy I want to get," Napier said. "I was told that he said he liked my game. A lot of folks like my game. I don't think he ever said he wants to get me."
We all know what happened next. The four-time league MVP decided to take his talents back to Ohio and join the Cavaliers. Then came word that Napier's Twitter account unfollowed his never-quite teammate.
By the way, there is some validity to Napier's claim of not being a Twitter kind of guy. His account has tweeted only five times. I can knock that out during a commercial timeout.
Napier struggled in the loss to Washington, shooting a woeful 2 of 16 from the field. He missed the potential game-winning 3-pointer in the final seconds. Napier also missed Miami's win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday in the opening round of the summer league tournament because he had somewhere else to be. The Heat and Wizards will meet again on Thursday.
At some point, Napier and James will meet on the court - and each other. That will happen as foes rather than teammates.
"No disappointment at all," Napier said about getting to play with James. "I'm more disappointed about losing games. I'm more disappointed about me not playing up to par. Those are the things I can control, things that have to do with me."