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“Well you rebound like Elton John” — Elton Brand explains why he only lasted 24 hours on Twitter

Elton Brand did not find social media useful. Instead, he saw it as a platform where random people can easily insult him.
Elton John and Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand

Elton John and Elton Brand

Due to the “connections” he has made in the movie industry, Elton Brand was able to start a career in Hollywood and is now involved in producing different types of movies. We might see the 2000 Rookie of the Year mingle with some celebrities, but ironically, Brand is not a fan of social media, a very relevant platform to his work.

Elton Brand or Elton John?

According to Brand, he only lasted 24 hours on social media, and he never used it again. Lifting the lid on the matter, Brand said he didn’t have projects to do on social media, and he didn’t like “the feeling of thousands of people having access” to his personal life.

[Social media] wasn’t for me. Didn’t have anything to promote and didn’t really like the feeling of thousands of people having access to me,” Brand told Slam. “I called Instagram ‘Intergram’ on Lou Williams page trying to go viral and it worked.

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Brand realized early on that social media made it easy for random people to criticize public figures like him. One thing he’ll never forget was the moment he read one of his followers called him “Elton John” for being old. Brand knew it was an insult, but he couldn’t deny that it was funny too.

I had thousands of new followers calling me old and telling me how out of touch I was,” he revealed. “I enjoyed it while it lasted and some of the jokes were actually kind of funny. One follower said ‘Elton Brand? Well you rebound like Elton John now.’ I laughed thinking of Elton John hitting the boards against Dwight Howard.”

There’s no social media in Brand’s household

Brand entered the league in 2000, so it’s safe to say he’s not that old for an NBA legend. However, he revealed that he and his family are not fond of technology and gadgets. Instead, they prefer to bond with each other by playing outdoor games such as, of course, basketball.

I’m usually with the family. My kids don’t watch TV, so we are always using our imagination playing games or going outside building things,” Brand divulged. “There’s an old school soapbox car race in Decatur, GA, so we built a car for it. We built a house. I take my kids to a skate park to skateboard, then basketball. They love to play. When my youngest was 18 months, she would say, “Da Da go basketball” every time I left.

Undeniably, social media is becoming quite a useful and efficient tool for most of us. But maybe for Brand and his family, there are other ways to get things done, and it’s better to stick with it.

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