A controversy erupted on NBA Twitter late Thursday afternoon.
Shams Charania is one of the most respected hoops insiders in the world. Nobody would expect him to have a burner account. That’s more of a Kevin Durant move.
Unfortunately, a post (that was subsequently immediately deleted) by popular Twitter account “Hoops Central” seems to suggest that Charania may in fact have an alternate profile nobody realized was his.
First, the circumstantial evidence:
The owner of Hoop Central is Shams himself LMAOOO pic.twitter.com/QxFgTYZAVM
— Real NBA Quotez (@realnbaquotxz) November 24, 2022
No way Shams runs Hoop Central 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/DSASsrBSEE
— 𝓜𝓪𝓽𝓽 🎁✈️ (@mldiffley) November 24, 2022
NBA Twitter is a very tightly-knit and outspoken community. As such, folks immediately flocked to social media to react.
The responses were telling:
this makes it even more funnier that shams tweeted this LMAOOOO https://t.co/jRCwkjfu4B
— 🌊 (@NotVibeWithDave) November 24, 2022
Shams a Steph hater too he hate everyone😭 https://t.co/M2guZNKAFD
— Capt. CTE 🍁🧣 (@Precision80) November 24, 2022
If Shams is really Hoop Central…
Are these his true colors? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/lzlgUKJJBw
— WarriorsMuse (@WarriorsMuse) November 25, 2022
Reporters like Shams running these NBA accounts to push narratives further and manipulate basketball discourse as a whole does not sound that crazy now that I think about it
— Masked 🎭 (@MaskedInLA) November 25, 2022
Big picture, obviously there are other potential explanations for why someone with access to Charania’s account would also have access to the Hoops Central account.
Maybe the same social media manager oversees both accounts.
Perhaps someone from Charania’s side sent the screenshot to Hoops Central.
It’s impossible to know the truth.
That said, Charania has been something of a headline magnet in recent weeks. Between him openly flirting with Kay Adams on air and his beef with Vanessa Bryant – it has been one thing after another for the young NBA insider.
What a week for the 49ers. https://t.co/1vLQgVu8bS
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 25, 2022
Will he ultimately come out and address this Hoops Central dust-up at some point in the foreseeable future?
Time will tell.