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Kobe Bryant causes a stir on Weibo

( Updated: 2015-06-03 13:18

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Kobe Bryant causes a stir on Weibo

The Weibo account of Kobe.[Photo/Sina Weibo]

Kobe Bryant causes stir on Weibo

After finishing his injury-laden NBA season with the Los Angeles Lakers, basketball superstar Kobe Bryant has to watch the upcoming finals from the sidelines.

However, the 19-year NBA veteran can still stir up a frenzy on social media. He posted an update on his Weibo account, or the Chinese version of Twitter, on which he has more than 3 million followers, on June 2:

"It's been a while since I've been on Weibo. I see there's some new web lingo. Can you teach me some? What does "da tie" mean? "

The post immediately drew tens of thousands of comments from Chinese Web users, with some basketball fans trying to explain the catchphrase to the NBA star.

One Weibo user, @Kyrie_basketball, replied,"da tie means miss the shot".

Some detractors poked fun at Kobe, with @Machy saying, "Da tie is what happens after you shoot, old man."

Bryant surpassed Michael Jordan as the third-leading scorer in NBA history in the 2014-2015 season, and has won five NBA championships, the most of any current player, but he is also notorious for missing shots. He missed 16 shots against the Grizzles in November 2014, making him the player who missed the most shots in NBA history.

"Datie" literally means hitting iron, and is often used by Chinese basketball fans to indicate the sound when a missed shot hits the basketball hoop. (if you want to read the full story, please click here)

Kobe Bryant causes a stir on Weibo
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. [Photo/Agencies]

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