James Harden in February 2023. Feb 13, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden (1) against the Houston Rockets at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a long history of sports news emerging from unconventional sources. The latest apparent case there is a tweet from Wednesday from account @droppingdimes20, with a display name of “The Amateur NBA Analyst” about James Harden. That account’s since been deactivated, but the tweet in question was preserved by Jackson Frank at Uproxx:

A screencap of a @DroppinDimes20 tweet from Jackson Frank at Uproxx.
A screencap of a @DroppinDimes20 tweet from Jackson Frank at Uproxx.

At first glance, there would be very little reason to pay attention to that tweet. As per Frank, the account in question only had around 1,000 followers when the tweet was posted, and primarily posted clips analyzing draft prospects. And a ton of people interested in the NBA try to throw out their thoughts on what might happen as reporting on what actually will happen. But this one did actually come true Thursday, with verification both from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Shams Charania of The Athletic/Stadium:

This led to the @droppingdimes20 account taking off, tweeting “IM HIM” and more, but then suddenly vanishing. The account only briefly returned to clarify that other accounts with similar names popping up were not from the same person, then deactivated again. But they certainly managed to make an impact here.

As mentioned above, there have been many cases over the years of unusual figures breaking sports news before insiders. The clubhouse leader may be Reddit users katyperrysbootyhole and wetbutt23 breaking a Jose Quintana trade in 2017, but a few of the many others include Twitter user FredTheDog04 spreading the news of Zdeno Chara’s broken jaw in 2019, liquor store employee Katie Camlin breaking the Patrick Mahomes extension in 2020  (then partnering with the team to announce Chris Jones’ extension), and Braves’ fan Brian Chandler breaking their signing of Yasiel Puig in 2020 (from running into him at a hotel), and former NFL coach Mike Tice breaking Nick Rolovich’s firing from Washington State in 2021. It now looks like @droppingdimes20 has joined that category. And whether that was from a guess or an actual source, they did manage to call this Harden news.


About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.