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News travels fast on NBA Twitter.
On Friday night while speaking with ESPN’s Arash Markazi, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver revealed that while he only sends tweets out via the official NBA account, he also has a secret account from which he can watch what is known colloquially as “NBA Twitter.”
Silver went on in the interview to make some great points about how the NBA and social media work to bring players and fans closer together, but as soon as fans heard that Silver had a secret account, it was hard to think of anything other than what he thought of the memes, reactions GIFs, and Crying Jordans that NBA Twitter so readily produces.
The account in question needed to be found.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) June2, 2017
Just hours after the interview was posted, an account with the display name Kris and handle @5kl claimed to have found the secret account Silver has been using to keep tabs on the goings-on of the Twitterverse, posting a link to a Medium post explaining his reasoning.
— Kris ???? (@5kl) June 3, 2017
His search started with a simple premise: Adam Silver likely followed many of the official NBA Twitter accounts, and his account would likely be what was formerly known as a “Twitter egg,” an account with no profile picture and little biographical information.
While most official NBA accounts have high follower counts that would be unwieldy to scroll through, the @NBAPR account has only 1,638 followers, making it a more manageable search. The @NBAPR account is protected, but Kris claims he was able to access its follower list and after a bit of scrolling came across just the egg he was looking for.
Kris wrote that the @MiltonPoint account stood out because it was private, had the default avatar, and listed New York City as its location. After a google search revealed that Milton Point was a location in Rye, New York, Adam Silver’s hometown, Kris was confident he had found his man.
Kris discovered soon after that Adam’s brother, Owen Silver, had also interacted with the @MiltonPoint account, further cementing his belief that he had found the private account of the NBA Commissioner.
There are still many secrets to discover about Adam Silver’s online presence. What were his two tweets? What 17 tweets has he “liked” as @MiltonPoint? Does he follow Joel Embiid? Time will tell, as Silver has yet to officially claim the account for himself.
But for now, we can at the very least be satisfied with the fact that this is definitely maybe allegedly the secret account of the NBA Commissioner.
Let this be a lesson: Twitter secrets are not secrets at all.