Jason Whitlock is in for Colin:
The sports media values access over journalism
The media has changed drastically since Whitlock began his career in journalism, but the most troubling sign he sees today is a press that values access over dogged pursuit of the truth and asking tough questions. It’s a systemic problem as much as an individual one.
If reporters don’t have access – such as an NBA beat writer – they don’t have value to a media organization. Asking tough questions, or pursuing unflattering stories isn’t valued, it’s discouraged. The result is a fawning media that is terrified of pointing out even the most fair criticisms of superstar athlete, and has led to an environment where any criticism is considered out of bounds.
Doc Rivers’ nepotism helped cost the Clippers Chris Paul
Chris Paul is now a Rocket, and reports are coming out that his dissatisfaction with Doc Rivers may have been a big factor in Paul’s willingness to make the jump to Houston. Among the things that reportedly rubbed Paul the wrong way was how Doc’s son Austin was given carte blanche within the organization, and given a contract many felt he didn’t earn.
Whitlock says Rivers should be getting the blame for creating an atmosphere of entitlement in the organization that and for being oblivious to how it landed with players. It’s hard to blame anyone else, since Rivers has had complete control of the team since he arrived in L.A. He should be held accountable.
Seth Joyner – Pro Bowl Linebacker with the Eagles and Cardinals is in-studio to talk about taking criticism as an athlete; and why coaches need to try different ways to reach players instead of giving up on them.
Eric Davis – FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio to discuss overcoming growing up in bad situations and growing from mistakes.
Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to talk about what went wrong with the Clippers and Chris Paul; Doc Rivers’ future with the team; why no one is having fun in the Clippers organization; if Blakae Griffin is gone; and if Jerry West will eventually take over personnel.