Twitter Erupts with NBA #EmojiBattle

Yesterday, we all found out what Twitter was truly created for. Not world news, politics, weather, or even updates about your life. Twitter was created so we could all watch grown NBA players battle it out in an emoji war. NBA star center DeAndre Jordan had originally agreed to join the Dallas Mavericks in free agency, taking a max contract to join Mark Cuban's franchise. During this time period, the NBA has a moratorium rule where actual contracts cannot be signed until July 9. Over the past few days, Jordan apparently had a change of heart, letting his former coach Doc Rivers and select teammates know that he was considering rejoining the LA Clippers. As news broke yesterday of his indecision, the best thing that could have happened occurred. Star NBA players from Chris Paul to Kobe Bryant took to Twitter to discuss the news, but through emojis.It all started with Maverick player Chandler Parsons, who had been the driving force in recruiting Jordan to Dallas, tweeted that he was on his way to talk to Jordan via plane.Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 11.08.44 AMThen Clippers player JJ Redick, who lives in Austin, tweeted he was driving to Houston to meet with Jordan.Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 11.09.15 AMChris Paul jumped in, announcing he was cutting his vacation short and coming to Houston to join them.Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 11.09.39 AMBlake Griffin, also on vacation, tweeted he was taking a plane, helicopter, and car to get to Jordan, hopefully to convince him to stay in LA.Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 11.10.07 AMThen the Warriors dropped the hammer...Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 11.10.42 AMKobe Bryant then chimed in, showcasing how 5 trophies are greater than 1...Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 11.11.16 AM... but not quite enough compared to Michael Jordan's 6.Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 11.13.05 AMEven one of the greatest athletes of all time, Muhammad Ali, added to the #EmojiBattle...Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 11.13.33 AMThroughout this time, DeAndre Jordan was the highest trending topic on Twitter, with over 430K total mentions. After all was said and tweeted, he signed a 4-year, $88M contract to stay with the Clippers in LA. Even though Jordan got paid, we all won.Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 10.11.21 AM