BEIJING (AP) - He has not uttered one word yet, but Kobe Bryant's mere presence on a Twitter-like Chinese-language site has stirred plenty of excitement.
Sina Weibo has verified that the NBA superstar has set up an individual account on its hugely popular microblogging site. Bryant's followers numbered more than 100,000 within hours on Thursday, although no comments from Bryant had appeared.
The account came just a few days after a message appeared on Nike Basketball's Sina Weibo account, named Black Mamba, on Lunar New Year's Day: ``Hey it's Kobe, I've decided to take over Nike basketball's Weibo handle for a few days and I wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year.''
Bryant is widely known and extremely popular in China, rivaling hometown star Yao Ming. During the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, billboards of Bryant dominated China's commercial districts.
The Los Angeles Lakers star has several fan pages on Sina Weibo.
One of them - ``Home of Kobe'' - has more than 200,000 followers. Along with other sites, it posted a welcome message for Bryant and encouraged fans to leave comments for him by promising to help translate some of the remarks.
``Hello, Black Mamba, welcome to SINA WEIBO. It's been a long time for Chinese fans to wait for this moment,'' the page wrote.
Sina Weibo says it has more than 400 million users.

Recent NBA Discussions

nba plays for mon 12/5 on Mon, Dec 2016 by sharkey11
added nba play on Mon, Dec 2016 by Timmy1961
NBA Trends Monday, December 5th, 2016 on Mon, Dec 2016 by Blade
NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 7 on Mon, Dec 2016 by Blade
Advertisement
Advertisement

Top NBA Public Bets

Advertisement

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Curry's squad won't be denied from deep Coming off perhaps their most robust offensive performance of the season, the Warriors are itching to return to the court tonight. But can the re-energized...
Thumbnail Spurs vs. Bucks Prediction Will the Spurs cover as a road favorite when they visit the Bucks at 8:00PM ET tonight?
Thumbnail Blazers vs. Bulls Pick Can the Chicago Bulls stay tough at home when they host the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at 8PM ET?
Thumbnail Davis aims to lift visitors to victory Anthony Davis has a league-leading 599 points through 19 games. Still, even his Herculean efforts seemingly aren’t enough to pull the Pelicans out of the...
Thumbnail Whiteside takes his one-man show to Rip City After a 2-8 start out of the gate, Miami has righted itself quite nicely. But will Erik Spoelstra’s crew be able to sustain that momentum in the Pacific...

NBA Team Pages