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Kobe Takes to Facebook to Welcome Lakers' New Superman

Kobe Takes to Facebook to Welcome Lakers' New Superman

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1. via Kevin Durant (Instagram: @trey5)

The Los Angeles Lakers dramatically altered the NBA landscape Thursday night by reportedly agreeing to terms in a trade that will land them superstar center Dwight Howard -- also known as Superman. Friday morning, Lakers legend and current alpha dog Kobe Bryant took to Facebook to welcome the new addition from London, where he's competing in the Olympics with the United States basketball team.

"Well, it looks like Superman has found a home," Bryant's post begins.

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"The Lakers landed a piece that will hopefully carry the franchise long after I'm gone," the note continues. "I have spoken to Dwight Howard already and we are locked and loaded to bring back the title. Wow, what a summer Jimmy and Mitch have had so far. Unreal! I'm focused on our semifinal game vs Argentina but I had to pause for a few to send you my thoughts, in case you were curious.."

The message gained about 70,000 Likes in the hour after Bryant posted it.

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Bryant has been much more active and engaged on Facebook this summer, particularly during his travels with USA basketball. He has 13.7 million fans on the network. According to the Wall Street Journal, he writes all his status updates and messages himself, relying on support staff only for proofreading and actual posting.

Also of note about Bryant's Facebook activity: He's one of the few high-profile American athletes who focuses more on that platform than he does on Twitter (he still hasn't opened a Twitter account).

But Bryant is far from the only NBA and USA basketball player who's on fire on the social web this summer. Many of his national team compatriots have been tweeting regular updates, and their goofy Instagram photos of sleeping teammates, Segway tours and other miscellaneous moments have gained widespread attention. Check out some of the team's most entertaining Instagram shots here:

1. via Kevin Durant (Instagram: @trey5)

When a couple shots of players including Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Durant and James Harden checking out Barcelona by Segway hit the web Wednesday morning, we all learned an important lesson: Supercool basketball stars do dorky tourist things, too!

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This story originally published on Mashable here.

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