Twitter Violence Erupts During Jazz Shootaround In Portland

On Monday morning -- the first official gameday of the 2011-2012 NBA season for the Portland Trail Blazers and the Utah Jazz -- media-on-media Twitter violence erupted during the Jazz's shootaround at the Rose Garden.

Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune objected to Jazz radio play-by-play broadcaster David Locke tweeting out the team's supposed starting lineup prior to the shootaround's media access period.

Locke originally tweeted Utah's starting lineup for Monday's nights game as Devin Harris, Raja Bell, Gordon Hayward, Al Jefferson and Mehmet Okur.

Smith furiously responded in a string of tweets...

Jazz haven't opened shootaround but team employee is tweeting supposed starting lineup. #mediafriendly Jazz's Corbin hasn't announced starting lineup; shootaround hasn't opened. Team employee took lineup from game notes, which often change. If a beat reporter regularly announced official starting lineups from game notes, they wouldn't have a job.

That followed with an updated starting lineup from Smith that named C.J. Miles in place of Hayward.

That was met with an amendment from Locke.

My mistake on lineups. CJ Miles in for Gordon Hayward. With Harris, Raja, Memo and Al. Tyrone Corbin says he will continue to work with lineups through short pre season. Nothing is set or established.

I am aware of tweets of Brian T. Smith. Bottom line my lineup was wrong. I respect his work. Yes, I was a bit taken back. No worries, game day.

No one was harmed during the incident and order has been restored.

What have we learned here?


Blazers coach Nate McMillan said after shootaround at the practice facility that his starting lineup will be Raymond Felton, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby.

-- Ben Golliver | | Twitter

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