Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
I’m as much of a Michael Wilbon fan as the next guy, but while blogging tonight I happened to hear Wilbon discussing the Dallas Mavericks blogging controversy on “Pardon the Interruption.”
Apparently Mavs owner Mark Cuban banned all bloggers from Dallas’ locker room because he didn’t want to make a distinction between professional and non-professional bloggers. When this policy met with resistance from the Dallas Morning-News, Cuban changed course and allowed all bloggers into the locker room.
Tony Kornheiser’s take: “I also know newspapers are dying, and maybe blogging is the way that you save them…If (bloggers) are going to show up and talk to the players, I’m for that.”
Wilbon’s take: “There are differences between reporting and blogging. Blogging is just having an opinion, just sitting at the crib… and just regurgitating anything you want. It doesn’t mean you have any credentials to do this thing.”
C’mon, Mike. We know you just had a baby (congrats, by the way), but you’re not really this ignorant, are you? Some bloggers do as you say, but others, including myself, are newspaper reporters who actually do report and do break news on our blogs. My colleagues Jeff Goodman of Fox, Jerry Carino of the Courier News and Dick “Hoops” Weiss of the Daily News are among bloggers who actually report and break news.
C’mon, Mike. Get with it baby.
Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.