His first message on the site reportedly published on the morning of Feb. 15 Beijing time, about an hour and a half before his Los Angeles Lakers team was due to play the Clippers. The first message on his account read, “'Valentine's day sneaks ready to break Clippers hearts. Big game tonight.”
The Associated Press reports that Sina Weibo verified that Kobe has set up an individual account on its popular microblogging site. Bryant has racked up more than 200,000 followers since he posted his message, with more than 100,000 when he first joined.
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.”
The star has amassed several fan pages on Sina Weibo and one of them, “Home of Kobe,” reportedly has more than 200,000 followers.
Bryant has remained popular in China since the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. Sina Weibo, for its part, claims to have more than 400 million users.
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