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Lakers Nation tweets, deletes potentially controversial anti-Clipper emojis

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Lakers Nation, a blog that covers the famous NBA team (of which I am fan, full disclosure), misstepped Sunday when taking to Twitter to taunt the Laker-rival Clippers, who were nearing their season-ending loss to the Houston Rockets.

The potentially controversial tweet had an emoji of a sailboat, the Clippers’ former logo, and another emoji of a gun, pointed at the sailboat. The caption read “Shhhhh. Just close your eyes. It will all be over soon.”

The tweet was said to be deleted.

The blog apparently did not learn from a recent, similar snafus.

Late last month, the Rockets were on the verge of eliminating the Dallas Mavricks when the former’s social media person reportedly tweeted a horse emoji, and beside it, a gun emoji, with the same caption.

According to CBS Local, the “social media manager” later lost his job.

Lakers Nation was not the only ones in the journalism world to have the gun emoji pointed at a Clipper-related emoji.

While CBS Local reported the backlash directed at the Rockets Twitter snafus came from “animal activists,” there may be some who feel the anti-Clipper tweets, just by including a gun pointed at something representing the team, promote violence. Therefore a better way to engage followers would have been reporting informative and interesting stats.

ESPN’s Grantland gets artsy with Steve Nash documentary, ‘The Finish Line’

NBA player Steve Nash joined the Los Angeles Lakers in July 2012, but since then has spent most of his life off the court recovering from injuries.

The 40-year-old’s journey tending to these injuries, as well as facing his grim, NBA future, is chronicled in a YouTube documentary series called “The Finish Line.” The surprisingly cinematic series, presented by ESPN’s Grantland on their YouTube channel, debuted February 14 13 with its second and most recent installment coming February 28.

Sports media blog Awful Announcing calls the series “outstanding.”

“We’ve grown accustomed to the site churning out articles with varying degrees of success, but this video series is a step in a new and refreshing direction. They’re no stranger to video (Grantland has 561 videos on their YouTube page), but this is new territory. The feature on Nash is a personal look at one of the most familiar names in the NBA at the end of the career.”

The production team behind the project, Hock Films, is led by Emmy-winning filmmaker Jonathan Hock and has specialized in sports docs, making some with ESPN. However, the Nash project apparently marks the first on social media. Hock discussed his experience reporting for the series in this ESPN radio interview.